Common "Sciatica" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


The type of pain that radiates from the lower back to your hips and legs is called sciatica. This pain results from the compression of the sciatic nerve. Some of the risk factors for sciatica are the presence of bone spurs or herniated disc, obesity, prolonged sitting, and diabetes.

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I am suffering from back pain inspite of having treatment. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I am suffering from back pain for the past three years sciatica. Treatment and medicine do not reduce my pain. MRI report l4, l5, and S1 bulge excise physiotherapy did not reduce my pain now I am taking only Vitamin and Calcium tablets only. Sitting increases my pain radiating in my le...  Read Full »

Dr. Karthic Natarajan Babu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw your query regarding our disc prolapse resulting in back pain radiating down the legs. I need to ascertain this after examining you and looking at your MRI films. Once confirmed, you will get relief from a selective nerve root injection, along with physical thera...  Read Full »

What is causing the pain on the back of my left knee and buttock?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a dull aching pain just above the back of my left knee (near the hamstring) and in my left buttock on occasions for about five weeks now. I am normally fine sitting but hurts when standing still or walking. Could it be a hamstring strain or sciatica?  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You lie down on your back, stretch your legs straigh, then lift your left lower limb up without bending knee joint. If you get severe pulling pain from buttock to whole leg, then it is sciatica. This test is called (SLR) straight leg raising test. Hamstring muscle ...  Read Full »

Is endoscopic spine treatment a safer for my recurrent sciatica?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had sciatica for 10 years due to a sports injury. Initially, when it happened, I did a few exercises and got it cured. For the past 3 years, it has recurred, and the pain in both legs is unbearable. I have tried numerous treatments, including exercises, physiotherapy sessions, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Gupta

Answer: Hi, I appreciate that you have chosen for your medical needs. I am here to give you the best care possible. As per my understanding, you would like to know more about endoscopic discectomy. I would like to provide my opinion, but before that, I would appreciate it if you could upload...  Read Full »

My wife has bone pain after taking Arimidex. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My wife underwent breast cancer surgery a year back. She was then prescribed Arimidex 1 mg tablet daily. She developed sciatic neuralgia which made bending and walking extremely painful. The ayurvedic doctor who cured her ascribed it to Arimidex which robs calcium of bones.Can you recom...  Read Full »

Dr. Abdul Aziz Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sciatica is usually due to local compression over the nerve supplying legs like the one with disc prolapse. Arimidex (Anastrozole) is a hormone used for the treatment of breast cancer and can cause diffuse bone loss. That is why we give calcium and Vitamin D with these ...  Read Full »

Why am I having shooting pain in my calves after walking?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 60 year old known diabetic. Since two years, I am having severe leg pain when I walk even for a small distance. I have shooting pain in my calves after just 10 minutes of walk. Doctors have diagnosed it as calcification of nerves. I have attached my reports for your reference. P...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are having intermittent claudication due to a peripheral arterial disease as demonstrated by your arterial ultrasound (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I am hoping it is a Doppler ultrasound. It appears that your diabetes is under control and you do n...  Read Full »

How to cure sciatica which I am having from the last three years?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from sciatica, for the last three years. How to cure it? Kindly help. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Sciatica can stem from various causes, each requiring a different treatment approach. Identifying the specific cause is essential for effective treatment. Have you undergone an MRI scan? If so, kindly share the reports at http://www.iclin...  Read Full »

My 52-year-old mother is having swollen ankle along with red veins for the past 2 years. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 52 years old and has been suffering from a swollen right ankle for the past two years. The pain has now become unbearable for her, and the situation has worsened as she is experiencing pain in the sciatic area as well. There is a history of medical conditions including swoll...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi, I appreciate that you have chosen for your medical needs. I am here to give you the best care possible. For the visible red veins, wearing long cotton compression socks is recommended. As for the sciatica, the following treatment steps are advised: Avoid lifting heavy weights. ...  Read Full »

I take Diane-35 for contraception. Is it harmful?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having shooting pain in my legs after two hours of Diane-35. I have also read about the risk of blood clots on this pill. I was prescribed this pill because the previous birth control pill was causing hair fall. Can Diane 35 be taken for a longer duration like three years?  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Diane 35 is an oral contraceptive pill, which has Cyproterone acetate and is usually prescribed for PCOD or PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). It is not recommended for long-term hormonal contraception. Instead, you should be opting for Femilon 21, if hormonal contra...  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 »

Why do I lower back pain and unable to put pressure on my legs to walk?

Query: Hi doctor,I have severe lower back pain. I am unable to put pressure on my legs to walk. Before three weeks, I was lifting a dog into my car. After that, I got a sharp pain in my lower back. It went away after two days. Today, I was lifting my two-year-old child into an inflatable tube. I had the sa...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You need an examination to determine whether it is a back strain or sciatica from a pinched nerve. Please mention whether you have any numbness and weakness in your legs apart from the pain while walking. Please mention whether you have bladder control. Please menti...  Read Full »

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