Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

139 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

What causes pain in the lower back radiating to the buttocks and legs?

Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Erion Spaho

Neurologist, Surgical

Practicing since :2004

Answered : 3189 Questions

default
Posted on Wed, 15 Mar 2017 in Brain and Spine
Question: I have pain that radiates from my lower back, through my buttocks and down my leg. My leg is sore to the touch and the pains goes all the way to my ankle (most painful at the back of the leg and heal of the ankle)
doctor
Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
most likely Sciatica.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HealthcareMagic.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

Sciatica is the most probable condition in your case.

Diseases that may cause it include herniated disc disease, degenerative discs disease, spondylolysthesis etc.

Please discuss with your Doctor about getting evaluated medically on by imaging tests such X-rays and MRI of your lumbosacral spine.

Treatment in first stages includes NSAID drugs use, rest, physical therapy and epidural injections.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

Kind regards.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
doctor
premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,  

Recent questions on  Herniated disc

doctor1 MD

I have a double positive for the MTHFR MUTATION...dose anyone have any advice?? I have been diagnosed with no_polar, anxiety, chronic insomnia, depression, problem with bones not healing, arthritis, reflux,prolactinoma.currently dealing with 2 herniated discs, another bulging and 2 tears , and some nerves are being pinched..all on right side L1-L5...tired all the time...and lots of pain, major IBS-C

doctor1 MD

I have had two lamenectomys on l- 4 - S -5 .There is no remaking disc at that level. I now have another herniated disc at the l-4 level, which involves a pinched nerve causing pain down the leg. One neurosurgeon recommends another lamenectomy another neurosurgeon disagrees and offered axialif spinal surgery. Can you discuss the pros and cons of each. I am unable to tolerate any type of pain medication for various reasons. I have tried physical therapy and epidural steroid injections without success. I understand that there is some new form of physical therapy for lack of a better word to use. I understand that this therapy was developed by a physician,who like myself, has cerebral palsy and disc problems. Supposedly, this I doctor avoided surgery as a result of this therapy. I also understand that a grant for this treatment must be procured. Do you know anything about this doctor or this treatment.? Can you furnish the details so that I can obtain a grant and begin treatment? I have been in constant pain for the last five years leaving me unable to do anything. I would like to avoid surgery and get my life back. I live in New Orleans, LA. Thank you very much for your assistance.

doctor1 MD

Loss of feeling from knees to toes.have feeling in toe nails and herniated disc with hip pain and burning sensation in upper legs and fall from Tim to time.physical therapy said nothing they can do meds don t help emg and MRI done.cant figure out what s wrong.

doctor1 MD

For surgery on a herniated disc at C5-C6, what is the customary number of days for recovery in the hospital after the surgery? This is a regular surgery on the neck with a fusion. A platelet is being put in with 4 screws and the disc is being replaced with an artificial disk (polycarbonate). It is not keyhole surgery.

doctor1 MD

I have a throbbing pain(like a flue shot times 20). It is painful during some movements. Quit taking statins two months ago after one month of treatment. Seems to be getting progressively worse. Radiates down the arm. tylenol , NSAIDS ,and rubs...

doctor1 MD

Lower back pain with backs of both legs hurting. Had a herniated disc resting on scatic nerve 13 years ago. Got a shot in back that shrunk leakage and just some lower back pain every now and then, but the last 3 to 4 years my lower back with pain...

doctor1 MD

My husband has been having a dull constant pain in his back right above his belt line for about six weeks. He is concerned.