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Suggest treatment for severe upper leg and buttock pain

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Posted on Fri, 29 Jul 2016
Question: Hi, for past 2 weeks I have been having severe upper leg and butt pain, like cramps. I can hardly walk. I have been drinking a bit more alcohol than normal, could there be a correlation?
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Answered by Dr. Ralph Chambers (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Hello. I've read your question and I understand your concern. There are a few possibilities here

Detailed Answer:
The alcohol could be a factor here since you may have a vitamin B6 or folate or magnesium deficiency, but this could also be a disc problem in your lumbar spine with either spinal cord or nerve root compression.

Potassium deficiency could also be involved.

You need to see a doctor for an exam, blood work, and, if warranted, an MRI scan of your lumbar spine
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Suggest treatment for severe upper leg and buttock pain

Brief Answer: Hello. I've read your question and I understand your concern. There are a few possibilities here Detailed Answer: The alcohol could be a factor here since you may have a vitamin B6 or folate or magnesium deficiency, but this could also be a disc problem in your lumbar spine with either spinal cord or nerve root compression. Potassium deficiency could also be involved. You need to see a doctor for an exam, blood work, and, if warranted, an MRI scan of your lumbar spine