Sciatica

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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Why do I have 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 icliniq.com. 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...  Read Full »

What is causing my leg pain - dropped bladder or sciatica?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 79-year-old female with a dropped bladder that could be causing a lot of pain in my left leg, but I also have sciatica. The lower parts of my legs have a stinging and pain feeling quite often. I have been to the gynecologist and was told that there is no connection between the tw...  Read Full »


Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I agree with your physician that your bladder issue has no relation to the pain in your legs. Most likely, it is due to sciatica. Management of sciatica includes weight reduction, local painkiller creams, Vitamin B 12, Pregabalin tablets,...  Read Full »

Can you please help my father heal from continuous hip pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is having a continuous pain in his hip for the past four months. The pain can only be ease by consuming painkillers. The pain has prevented him from walking by himself. Most of the time, he cannot sleep throughout the night because of the pain. He is a diabetic and on regular In...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are two possibilities, joint pain or nerve pain like sciatica. There can be multiple problems in the joint like age-related degeneration or arthritis, so we need to evaluate. What kind of pain is it? Is it a burning or pins and needles kind of pain? Does it trav...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

What could be done for sciatica-like pain?

Query: Hello doctor, My 49 year old mother has a severe (sciatica-like) leg pain. There is also pain below the knee and at the back of the leg. The pain is an extreme burning sensation kind of pain. It sometimes moves to the hips. The pain increases when she sits or tries to walk. She is taking a pain ki...  Read Full »


Dr. Nene Devavrat Harihar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A sciatica-like pain can respond to physiotherapy and rehabilitative exercises. I suggest she try tablet Lyrica (Pregabalin) 75 mg at night. It is a little expensive one, but a good medicine. The other option is to take tablet Pregaba-M (a combination of Pregabalin and...  Read Full »

What is causing the shooting pain in my legs?

Query: Hi doctor, Sometimes I get a weird shooting or stabbing pain in my legs. I do not get pain simultaneously in two legs but it can either be the left or right one. It usually last for a second and or last for ten seconds maximum.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a weird shooting or stabbing type of pain in your legs, alternatively for 10 seconds occasionally. Such type of sharp shooting or stabbing pain in the l...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for degenerative disc disease?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband had sciatica three years ago. He has recurrent back pain and a tingling sensation in the feet. He was advised to do an MRI for his lower back, and the result says that he has a sign of spondylosis is seen with foci of osteochondrosis. From L2 to S1, signs of degenerative ...  Read Full »


Dr. Chirag Solanki

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your husband's MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) suggests (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity) some degenerative changes in the lumbar spine with nerve compression on the left side. However, it would be prudent to know the exact details...  Read Full »

Why is my calf muscle twitching in relaxing positions without pain?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had twitching in my calf muscle for the past five days. I do not have pain, and the twitching is more significant in relaxing positions. Both the calves are twitching at the same time. Is this something I should be concerned about? I am worried about ALS.Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and explain that your symptoms are not suggestive of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). It is a benign fasciculation. I recommend checking vitamin D and vitamin B12 for possible deficiency and blood electrolytes for possible imbalance...  Read Full »

My X-ray shows that I have lumbar spondylosis. Do I need to do an MRI?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a pain in my back, and the local doctor says that L3 might have collapsed. I can walk and do day to day activities. My x-ray report says I have lumbar spondylosis. And osteophytes are seen with sclerosis in lumber vertebra and disc space reduced between L4 - L3. The doctor advised...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not have all the information here but will try and explain. From you description, you do not seem to have any leg symptoms, like sciatica like pain or lumbar canal stenosis. You also have not mentioned about any night symptoms, weight loss, appetite loss, fever,...  Read Full »

What are the causes of pain radiating from the hip to toe?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 43 years old and she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis three months back. She has a serum uric acid level of 4.3 mg/dl and an RF IgM antibody of 132.1 units/ml. Her treatment was started by taking Defcort 6 mg for a week, Methotrexate 15 mg for three months, HCQS 200...  Read Full »


Dr. Rishav Bansal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Pain radiating from hip to toe occurs due to sciatica and it does not occur due to rheumatoid arthritis. Your mother needs to take nerve suppressing painkillers and physiotherapy. Regarding other joint pains, we need to rule out the cause after having a detailed his...  Read Full »

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