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What does it mean when an ice pack placed on my back stops the pain in my legs?

What does it mean when an ice pack placed on my back stops the pain in my legs?

It means pain is : It means that the pain is referred from your back rather than radiating as would be the case with a sciatica or "pinched nerve." referred pain can be muscular in origin & the ice is acting on the muscles decreasing the pain level. Referred pain generally does not travel that far from its source of origin and is not caused by a pinched or compressed nerve. ...Read more

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I put an ice pack directly on my skin and now I have three large discoloration areas on my leg. What can I do to get rid of this?

I put an ice pack directly on my skin and now I have three large discoloration areas on my leg. What can I do to get rid of this?

Time: Ice applied directly to the skin can damage it. In time the skin cells should be replaced by your body and the discoloration should fade. If it does not you may need to see a dermatologist ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I have a ruptured disk in my back will losing weight help with pack and leg pain?

Yes.: Losing weight can only help, and cannot harm. Sometimes added weight, that may be accumulating on your belly, can alter the posture/mechanics of the lumbar spine. Losing weight can help rebalance the spine/vertebral column, to a point where your pain may go away. ...Read more

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I fell and hit my leg against the cupboard i fell from i applied ice pack immediately but now a small area next to the gash is numb, why?

I fell and hit my leg against the cupboard i fell from i applied ice pack immediately but now a small area next to the gash is numb, why?

Unrelated: If you remember that the nerves in the skin run in all directions including across the area that is now your open wound. In addition, there is inflammation of healing (red, hot, swollen and tender) that may involve that nerve. Plus, the trauma may have cut or otherwise damaged that nerve. The good news is that skin nerves usually resolve and return to function depending on the injury severity. ...Read more

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Ice pack burn on leg over week ago. Blisters gone. Large dark purple/blk spots. Edges burn constantly. Applying aloe. Painful to walk. Suggestions?

Ice pack burn on leg over week ago. Blisters gone. Large dark purple/blk spots. Edges burn constantly. Applying aloe. Painful to walk. Suggestions?

A blood clot?: Large dark purple spots. Edges burn constantly. Painful to walk. I am concerned you may have a blood clot. I would suggest you see a doctor immediately because blood clots can be very dangerous. Better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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I took a cortisone shot 4 days ago. I have been having lower back and leg pain and also throbbing joints. What can I do to stop?

I took a cortisone  shot 4 days ago.  I have been having lower back and leg pain and also throbbing joints.  What can I do to stop?

Depends: Was the steroid shot for a particular diagnosis or general pain complaints? When you do not feel better, perhaps the diagnosis needs to be clarified, and the anti-inflammatory treatment options need to be reconsidered. Your menstrual cycle and your hormone status may need to be taken into consideration. Try tylenol/acetaminophen, heat and stretch for your joints until you see your physician. ...Read more

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I get back pain and leg pain if i stand up for too long what could this mean?

Back Pain: Many things that can cause these symptoms. If you are healthy with no injuries, avoid flat shoes when you are standing. A low heel rather than a flat shoe can make a big difference. If pain is severe or makes you feel weak or numb or if pain wakes you from sleep, it should be checked by MD right away. Exercises like push ups strengthen core and reduce back pain by improving posture. ...Read more

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What does it mean when ur stomach feels like its beating and u have stomach pain and back pain leg pain ?

What does it mean when ur stomach feels like its beating and u have stomach pain and back pain leg pain 
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Means need checking: Your symptoms do not fit into a clear cut disease or condition and it could be a viral infection causing pain in back,leg and stomach. Only way you can find out is by getting checked by your doctor Will need a detailed History and Physical Exam and if indicated Blood and urine test to make a diagnosis and be able to tell you what your symptons mean ...Read more

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What does having leg pain, leg weakness, lower back stiffness, weightloss, and mental unclearity or confusion/spaciness mean?

Weakness: A combination of those generalized symptoms in a young person, deserves immediate attention. Please find a local physician as soon as possible, and have a proper work up done. It most likely will require physical examination, lab work, and possible advanced imaging studies. Please seek help soon! ...Read more

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Im 37 weeks pregnant and having bad back pain also leg pain and shooting pain in bottom what does this mean?

Im 37 weeks pregnant and having bad back pain also leg pain and shooting pain in bottom what does this mean?

Not unusual.: This is not unusual. Due to the pressure and stretching, as well as weight gain of pregnancy many women feel that way. Once you have the baby it will likely start to resolve(.just make sure you don't have signs of a blood clot in the legs-swelling, redness, tenderness, etc.) ...Read more