Nerve Compression

When a nerve is squeezed or compacted, it causes pain, numbness, and muscle weakness at the site of the nerve. The common syndromes seen due to nerve compression are carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, and suprascapular nerve compression syndrome. Medical conditions that can cause nerve compressions are diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, tumors, etc.

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I am experiencing severe electric shock-like pain in the right leg when I bend sit. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, How bad is it? What has caused it? What are the best way to treat the severe pain? I am now getting down my left leg.  Read Full »

Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and will guide you in your question. Sorry for such acute discomfort you are having. Can you please explain your symptom of pain in the left leg? What is the duration of left leg pain? What caused it? Is there any swelling in the left leg? Any his...  Read Full »

I have lower back pain that radiates to the legs. Is something wrong in my MRI?

Query: Hello doctor, I have lower back pain with radiation to my legs. The pain is constant and has been like that for years. If I change my position during my sleep at night, I always wake up from the pain. The pain is at worst for a couple of hours in the morning after I wake up and gets a little better ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We feel sorry for the pain and distress you have been going through for years, and I note that your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) shows some quite significant findings. 1. At L5 or S1 level: Retrolisthesis (that is, backward displacement) of L5 over S1 vertebr...  Read Full »

Why do I feel a sharp pain in my left hip when I sit?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old female. When I sit or lay with my hips open, sometimes I get a sharp pain in my left hip. It lasts for 5 to 6 seconds and then goes away. It feels like my hips are going to pop out. I have had this issue for two years, or maybe longer. It happens at least once or tw...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query, and I can understand your concern. I will surely help you out. The pain you describe is due to sciatica. It is caused by compression of the nerve root between the vertebra while exiting the spinal cord. It can be corrected easily with a few m...  Read Full »

Can degenerative disc disease cause severe pain and numbness in my left leg?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been suffering from severe sciatic pain last three months and had reported to the hospital three months back. MRI scan was carried out two months before. I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease or prolapsed intervertebral disc with issues in L3-L4 and severe problems at L4-L5...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Gupta

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern. I suggest you walk on your toes and then on your heels. I would like to know whether you can do that comfortably? Any bladder or bowel changes you have noticed for the last three months?Kindly revert in case of further queries.Thank you.  Read Full »

What is the reason for my severe back pain and pain in the hip, buttocks, and thigh?

Query: Hello doctor, I had lower back pain which was not bad at first. After a few weeks, it has gotten worse. I have a pain in the hip, buttocks, and thigh as well now. I recently joined work, and I cannot perform at work as the pain is unbearable.  Read Full »

Dr. Chandra Prakash Tanwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have been suffering from a lower backache that is radiating to the buttocks and thigh. It seems to be due to a nerve compression which is the cause. You need to see an orthopedician for that. An X-ray of the lumbar spine should be done and an MRI lumbar spine also,...  Read Full »

Is nerve compression seen on my MRI or was it assumed because of pain?

Query: Hello doctor, Ten months after hemilaminectomy at the L4-5 level, I suffered from severe pain in the lower back, which started radiating to the left leg. I have a diagnosis of arachnoiditis, arthritis, and low lying conus with fattening of filum terminale. Due to increasing pain and neuropsychologi...  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I observed your scan (attachments removed to protect patient identity), and I agree that the conus is low lying at L2-L3 level (normally, it should end at L1 level). Facetal joint arthropathy is seen at multiple levels in the lumbar spine. Post-contrast images sh...  Read Full »

Can radiation from phone result in nerve problem?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a tingling, warm and very uncomfortable sensation in my finger when I touch my phone. What could it be? I am very afraid it is due to the radiation from the phone.  Read Full »

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We are exposed to variable amounts of radiation from our cell phones. However, it is not strong enough to cause tingling and numbness or nerve damage. The only way to know if your phone is causing it is to abandon using it for a day or two and check if the symptoms s...  Read Full »

I have sharp burning pain in the lower back, right calf, and rotator muscles. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have sharp burning pain in the lower back, right calf, and rotator muscles. I injured my right knee with a slight meniscus tear. I am also suffering from degenerative arthritis. I am not able to bend properly. I am taking tablet Advair for asthma and Proventil and Celecoxib for knee pai...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I have understood your concerns. I had gone through the reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). After reviewing the camera images of your x-ray, there is no bony fracture or joint dislocation in the lumbar spine, that...  Read Full »

What could cause hand tremor?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old female. Yesterday morning, when I was in the classroom, I picked up my phone from my left hand, and my hand started shaking badly. Then, I kept my hand on the lap, and it stopped. When I picked up my phone again, it happened. I moved my hand a little in case any ner...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Regarding your concern, I would explain that your symptoms are not related to any neurological disorder. Anxiety, wrong positioning, or compression of a peripheral nerve like a median nerve or ulnar nerve can be the reason for this symptom. The pain goes i...  Read Full »

What causes burning sensation of legs in an arthritis patient?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 80 years old. She has been suffering from arthritis or spondylolysis for more than 30 years. She is receiving treatment from a local orthopedician. She has been taking NSAIDs and other general medicines for five years. Her ESR level suddenly rose. For the last few months,...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the MRI report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your mother has nerve compression at two levels. Grade I spondylolisthesis is mild and an osteoporotic compression fracture D12 vertebra. Burning pain is due to ischemia of th...  Read Full »

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