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How do you tell sciatica from other thigh pains?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Muscle Spasm

Trigger points are bands of taut muscle areas that hurt when pressed upon and radiate to other areas than just the painful spot that is pressed upon.
Most times stretching and massage of that area relieves these spots, however sometime they continue and need to be addressed by your doctor. If your thigh pain doesn't hurt to that touch or pressure, then likely its sciatica or other nerve issue.

In brief: Muscle Spasm

Trigger points are bands of taut muscle areas that hurt when pressed upon and radiate to other areas than just the painful spot that is pressed upon.
Most times stretching and massage of that area relieves these spots, however sometime they continue and need to be addressed by your doctor. If your thigh pain doesn't hurt to that touch or pressure, then likely its sciatica or other nerve issue.
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Whole leg vs part

Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg.
It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical condition on its own. The pain or numbness may also be felt on the back of the calf or on the sole of the foot. The affected leg may feel weak.

In brief: Whole leg vs part

Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg.
It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical condition on its own. The pain or numbness may also be felt on the back of the calf or on the sole of the foot. The affected leg may feel weak.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Tricky

Sciatica can cause thigh pain but it usually goes down the back or side of your thigh/calf into your foot.
Sometimes there will be mainly pain in the butt area and back of thigh but the toes may be numb or tingling also. Thigh cramps alone usually suggest activity related issue. Sciatica is going to resolve in the majority of casesweek . Check with your doctor if you have pain lasts > 6 weeks.

In brief: Tricky

Sciatica can cause thigh pain but it usually goes down the back or side of your thigh/calf into your foot.
Sometimes there will be mainly pain in the butt area and back of thigh but the toes may be numb or tingling also. Thigh cramps alone usually suggest activity related issue. Sciatica is going to resolve in the majority of casesweek . Check with your doctor if you have pain lasts > 6 weeks.
Dr. Kevin Teal
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