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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes sharp pain in the lower back region and legs?

I have a sharp pain that starts on the back side of my leg near buttocks(hip area) and curves around to the front of my calf. Sometimes I feel sharp pain coming up from under my toenails on the same leg. Other problems include a numbness from my shoulder blades down the back of my arms to about my elbow. No shortness of breath and my blood work is all good.
Mon, 3 Jun 2019
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

‭It could be a spine-related problem like a prolapsed disc or nerve compression.

As first line management, you can take analgesics like gabapentin for pain relief.

If symptoms persist better to consult a spine surgeon and plan for an MRI scan.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Dr Shinas Hussain, General & Family Physician
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