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What is the difference between sciatica and just having hip or thigh pain?

What is the difference between sciatica and just having hip or thigh pain?

Hard to tell: However an easy way to tell is if your pain is in the groin region or in the front thigh area where the legs meets the pelvis it could be hip. Otherwise it could be sciatica as well. Recommend seeing a spine/pain specialist that has musculoskeletal training to determine what your problem might be. ...Read more

Upper Leg Pain (Definition)

Before answering this question, it would be better to define what exactly is meant by the term "upper leg". Orthopaedic surgeons (and others) typically use the term "thigh" to mean the area between the hip and the knee. They use the term "leg" to mean the area between the knee and the ankle. Thus, it is important to specify whether we are discussing pain just below the hip or ...Read more


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Hip pain from injury that won't go away after 5 weeks. Now causing low back pain, inner thigh pain by groin, and buttocks pain. What can I do?

Hip pain from injury that won't go away after 5 weeks. Now causing low back pain, inner thigh pain by groin, and buttocks pain. What can I do?

Sacroiliac ligament: Sounds like you are having referred pain from sacroiliac (SI) dysfunction. Would be good to be evaluated for this by your family doctor. Best treatment is a small injection of anesthesia and steroid into the specific area of the SI ligament. Depending on injury, could also be a hop labral tear that can give same symptoms. You need to be evaluated in person. ...Read more

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Hip labral debridement 2 weeks ago - still have groin pain, but now a bad ache, thigh pain and low back pain also - is this normal? Not on crutches

Hip labral debridement 2 weeks ago - still have groin pain, but now a bad ache, thigh pain and low back pain also - is this normal? Not on crutches

Possible: I would not be surprised if you continued to have these symptoms just 2 weeks after this procedure. However, you really should check with the orthopedist who did the procedure to determine what the typical recovery period should be and what you should expect. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between sciatica and a blood clot? If there is no back or hip pain, just leg pain above the knee. Ty

How can you tell the difference between sciatica and a blood clot? If there is no back or hip pain, just leg pain above the knee. Ty

Generally you can't: Unless you have a fever or swollen limb which may suggest a clot more than sciatica otherwise not very specific. I would suggest ruling out the clot first and then workup the sciatica issue afterwards. ...Read more

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Does sciatica also cause thigh cramps and hip pain?

Possible: Especially if you have involvement of L-3, 4 root level, these problems can appear. ...Read more

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Thigh hurts when I move it/walkhad sciatica thought got better. Get waves of pain at bottom spine/hip. Cant think of anything that physically caused it.

Thigh hurts when I move it/walkhad sciatica thought got better. Get waves of pain at bottom spine/hip. Cant think of anything that physically caused it.

Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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How can you tell if sciatica is getting worse I am in pain my hip bothers me right leg weaker inner thigh numb and thigh numb?

How can you tell if sciatica is getting worse I am in pain my hip bothers me right leg weaker inner thigh numb and thigh numb?

Sciatica: Sometimes it is difficult to determine if the pain is coming from the lumbar spine, sacroiliac joint, or the hip. An MRI of the lumbar spine, pelvis, and hips and an examination by a spine or hip specialist will tell you where the pain originates. Anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxers, neuropathic pain medicine, and physical therapy can help to eliminate the pain ...Read more

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Hamstring, lower back, inner thigh pain, & and pain right above foot. Compartment Syndrome or Sciatica issue?

Hamstring, lower back, inner thigh pain, & and pain right above foot. Compartment Syndrome or Sciatica issue?

Comprehensiveness: Employing a multi-modal approach, most fellowship trained pain specialists offer the most effective management of painful conditions. To accurately diagnose and treat patients, we will utilize imaging studies, electro-diagnostic evaluations, history ; physical examinations, targeted physical therapy, appropriate and responsible medication management and cutting-edge interventional procedures. ...Read more

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I have sciatica nerve pain in my lower back my thigh is numb and my hip is really bothering me and my right leg is weak and my butt on the right side?

I have sciatica nerve pain in my lower back my thigh is numb and my hip is really bothering me and my right leg is weak and my butt on the right side?

Stretch/Rest: Most likely you have some version of sciatica. Sciatica is a symptom from a pinched nerve in your back. What nerve is it? No one knows unless imaging is done. This is typically done after conservative care is exhausted. Rest, stretching, learning core strengthening exercises and using nsaids to help are the best ways to help back pain. If it persists see your doctor for other options. ...Read more

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I have sciatica or something, hip pain going down side of thigh into shin and foot. Months of pain. Chiropractor no help. Can I fix this?

Radiculopathy: I understand your distress.
You deserve Relief from pain.
See an Orthopedic Physician, have all Radiological studies done to establish Diagnosis
After that discuss
• Medication
Physical Therapy
Pain management
• Therapy for stress of pain and decreased functioning ...Read more

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What causes right low back pain and front right thigh pain?

Neural irritation: There are several causes of low back pain and thigh pain. Problems with the hip joint can often cause back/buttock pain that radiates to the groin and thigh. Irriation to the lumbar nerve roots in the lower back can also cause leg pain. Thigh pain is often seen with irritation to the l2, l3, and/or occasionally L4 nerve roots. ...Read more

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Low back pain progressed to buttocks, hips, thighs, mostly Lt sided. No injury. Hurts to sit. Walking relieves pain. MRI soon. Is it a herniated disc?

Low back pain progressed to buttocks, hips, thighs, mostly Lt sided. No injury. Hurts to sit. Walking relieves pain. MRI soon. Is it a herniated disc?

Likely yes;sciatica: Could be if numbness down leg, mdi good to see, often body healed itself, surgery only if worsening. physical therapy, maybe gabapentin first and alive/acetaminophine ...Read more

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Low back pain, crushing thigh pain, then cant move one foot and now the other foot is going. MRI lumbosacral negative. Cant walk on tiptoes or heals??

Low back pain, crushing thigh pain, then cant move one foot and now the other foot is going. MRI lumbosacral negative. Cant walk on tiptoes or heals??

This sounds: Like a serious nerve problem. Depending on how rapidly your paralysis is worsening, it could progress to involve your breathing muscles. Please get to the emergency dept right away. ...Read more

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Low back pain, aching saddle area, buttocks, thighs, hips and legs also achy. So uncomfortable. Cauda equina?

Low back pain, aching saddle area, buttocks, thighs, hips and legs also achy. So uncomfortable. Cauda equina?

Cauda equnina: Usually is not is usually not associated with back pain. Numbness in the Saddle area as well as urinary retention or bowel incontinence may be seen. ...Read more

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Can cauda equina come on slowly? Have had extremely achy buttocks, thighs, hips and legs for 2 months. Low back pain started 2 weeks ago. Urinating mor

Can cauda equina come on slowly? Have had extremely achy buttocks, thighs, hips and legs for 2 months. Low back pain started 2 weeks ago. Urinating mor

Cauda equina: Syndrome if due to a tumor or Paget's disease can evolve slowly but typically pain is not a major symptom (in contradistinction to numbness, weakness or incontinence) ...Read more

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I'm havein hip and outer thigh pain, what could this be?

I'm havein hip and outer thigh pain, what could this be?

Meralgia: If the front and lateral side of the thigh feels like it is burning or numb, or crawling with bees, or even painful, it could be meralgia paresthetica. It is a condition that affects the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve where it exits the pelvis in front of the hip. Sigmund freud had it and took Cocaine to combat it. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause severe hip and thigh pain after being in bed for more than an hr.?

Is there anything that can cause severe hip and thigh pain after being in bed for more than an hr.?

See an orthopaedist: Pain within the hip can be a sign of arthritis. A consult with an orthopaedic surgeon, with xrays of the hip, would be a good place to start to help identify the source of the problem. ...Read more

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Why do I have hip and thigh pain sleeping?

Why do I have hip and thigh pain sleeping?

Trocanteric bursitis: See your othopedic surgeon for a steroid injection. It may take two or three injections but you will be much better and you will sleep well again. ...Read more

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What would cause severe hip and thigh pain after being on my feet for hours?

What would cause severe hip and thigh pain after being on my feet for hours?

Could be your back: Problems with the lower back can often be felt in the hip and back of the thigh....Standing in one place for hours can often bring on pain and stiffness in the lumbar spine....See your doctor and have your back examined. ...Read more

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First r knee OA. Then r hip OA. Now left thigh pain, occasionally. Any correlation?

First r knee OA. Then r hip OA. Now left thigh pain, occasionally. Any correlation?

Maybe but informatio: This may be a type of arthritis but we need to know a lot more information. There are over 150 types of arthritis and you need clarification and need to see a rheumatologist. It may be someting more than osteoarthritis. ...Read more

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What could cause thigh pain 6 months after total hip replacement?

What could cause thigh pain 6 months after total hip replacement?

End of stem: Some longer hip implant stems cause pressure on the bone in your thigh. Have your surgeon x-ray and check into this possibility. Also a loose implant can cause thigh pain. ...Read more

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What can I do about hip and thigh pain due to taking prilosec/omeprazole?

Unlikely med effect: These symptoms would be unlikely related to the meds you listed. Talk to your family doc about your medications and other possible causes ...Read more

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What are the all reasons of anterior thigh pain after total hip replacement?

What are the all reasons of anterior thigh pain after total hip replacement?

Femoral implant: Depending on what type of metal implant was used, the implant may be far stiffer than young femur, which can create thigh pain when you do a maneuver that forces your femur to flex.

The other cause could be a loose implant. If the implant is moving still inside the femur it will hurt. ...Read more

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What are all causes of anterior thigh pain after 6 months of total hip replacement? Be specific

What are all causes of anterior thigh pain after 6 months of total hip replacement? Be specific

Femoral implant: Depending on what type of metal implant was used, the implant may be far stiffer than young femur, which can create thigh pain when you do a maneuver that forces your femur to flex.

The other cause could be a loose implant. If the implant is moving still inside the femur it will hurt. ...Read more

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Fulkerson Osteotomy/Lateral Release/Medial Reefing on Thursday (5/28) - now having hip & thigh pain. .. Is this normal?

Fulkerson Osteotomy/Lateral Release/Medial Reefing on Thursday (5/28) - now having hip & thigh pain. .. Is this normal?

UsuallyPostop pain I: If there any surgical procedure there's usually paint on it usually starts improving after a few days of is getting worse or any questions you should call your surgeon they should be able to give you information about how long it takes to heal and what kind of paIny usually have ...Read more

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For a week I've had moderate-severe lower back, hip & upper thigh pain with no known cause or injury. It feels muscular, but not 100% sure - thoughts?

Lumbar disc injury: We need a bit more info: do you have any numbness or tingling going down your hip/thigh? Does the pain get better with rest and/or worse with activity? Most likely though, this is due to some injury to one of your lumbar discs whereby nerves get pinch and inflamed. This could be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, heat/ice, gentle stretching, and also pain meds. See doc if not better. ...Read more

Thigh Pain (Definition)

The thigh is the upper part of your lower extremity between your hip and knee. Any pain within this region could be considered thigh pain. Possible diagnosis include fractures, stress fractures, muscle contusions or strains, referred pain from the back and hip to ...Read more


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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more