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“Sciatica” is an old world term that refers to leg pain felt down the back of the thigh into the calf and foot. What about thigh pain? What about buttock pain? Unfortunately, “sciatica” has been wrongly applied to all types and locations of leg pain. In 1948, the use of the word “sciatica” was declared “unhelpful” by a leading orthopedic specialist because it is limited to a certain location and really does not address the origin of the pain. Over the years, many older medical terms like sciatica have become archaic as the newer research technologies give doctors clearer definitions and a better understanding of the human body. Leg pain that comes from the low back is most accurately categorized as referred pain or neurogenic pain. These terms apply to all locations and address the origin of the pain. With these newer terms, the antiquated word, “sciatica”, has no place in the modern world. Sally has been waking up with right ...
I started getting headaches late 2009 sharp, shooting pain in the top of my head and numbness in my face that passed when the pain subsided. Now when I get these "headaches" the pain is localized to the back of my neck and head with ear pressure and pain behind my ears. There is also pain in my eye area and I am sensitive to light. Is this a type of migraine headache? JoAnn.
What you describe could be a type of Migraine, or it could be another headache disorder. You need to see your doctor for a diagnosis and any treatment that may be necessary. As much as we'd like to help and answer your question, the only person who can do that is a doctor who can review your and your family's medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and conduct a complete examination. Nobody can diagnose via the Internet.
In preparing to speak with your doctor, it might help you to take a look at Anatomy of a Migraine to familiarize yourself w...
A small number of patients develop thigh pain after a total hip replacement (THR). Doctors at the University of Miami School of Medicine did this study to find out how thigh pain affects their quality of life (QOL) and activity level. Two groups of patients were compared. One group had thigh pain after THR; the other group did not. All patients had a cementless THR with the same implant. X-rays were used to check the alignment and fit. Everyone filled out two surveys to measure pain level, QOL, and activity. The results of this study show that QOL is not affected severely after surgery in patients with thigh pain after THR. Their functional activities are impacted by pain. Other studies have shown that patients who had thigh pain after the operation often had poor function before surgery. The authors suggest that patient who wait too long to have a THR deteriorate too far and can't recuperate as fast as other patients. Reference: Carlos Lavernia, MD, et al. Patient-Perceived Outcomes in T...
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