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Have moderate right thigh pain extends to ankles, feet. No pain while moving around. What is it?

I have moderate right thigh pain that shoots down to my ancles and feet. I first noticed when bending over picking up something and my back made a popping sound..kind of like a cramp and the pain shot straight down right leg. Its to the point where I'm not able to sleep at night and sometimes sleeping on floor helps.Pain is not noticed if I'm moving around..Only when I'm still.
Asked On : Mon, 1 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.
By the description of the symptoms, I feel that you have "Lumbar disc disease with radiculopathy".
Your bending movement might have caused the intervertebral disc to pop out and cause compression over the nerve root resulting in shooting pain down the leg.
The initial management is conservative means -
* avoid bending movements and lifting weights
* sleep only on flat surface
* Analgesic and muscle relaxant medications
* Neurotropic vitamin (Vit B12) supplements
* Intermittant pelvic traction

If the symptoms are not resolving , then an MRI scan is mandatory to know the extent of the disc compression.
Consult an orthosurgeon/ spine surgeon and follow his advice.
Hope this helps
Answered: Sun, 7 Jul 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Ralph Chambers's  Response
Hi. This is called radiculopathy and it's due to a nerve compression, most likely in your lumbar spine and perhaps from a bulging or ruptured disk. You need an MRI of the lumbar spine to evaluate that and I would refer you to a physiatrist--a physical medicine and rehabilitation MD specialist--for a customized therapy program that should resolve the symptoms
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