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Definition Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or compression of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical condition on its own. Alternative Names Neuropathy - sciatic nerve; Sciatic nerve dysfunction Causes, incidence, and risk factors Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve. This nerve starts in the spine and runs down the back of each leg. This nerve controls the muscles of the back of the knee and lower leg and provides sensation to the back of the thigh, part of the lower leg, and the sole of the foot. Common causes of sciatica include: Piriformis syndrome (a pain disorder involving the narrow piriformis muscle in the buttocks) Slipped disk Degenerative disk disease Spinal stenosis Pelvic injury or fracture Tumors
We started our discussion about restless legs syndrome (RLS) in my recent blog, so let’s continue where we left off.
Mild symptoms of RLS occur in 5-15% of the general population, which makes it the second or third most common sleep disorder. Of these cases, only about 2-3% are considered clinically severe enough to require treatment. It appears to occur more commonly in females and can even affect children. Due to the difficult to describe leg sensations that are felt, children may be wrongly diagnosed with “growing pains” or even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). RLS symptoms occur more commonly as we age. Individuals who experience symptoms at a younger age tend to worsen as they get older, though there cases when the disease resolves spontaneously when the sufferer gets older.
Sleep disturbance is a major complaint in patients and is usually the main reason why they seek medical help. Though the dis...
Question: I have a severe case of Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion in 1987 during emergency surgery. I've been on the Peg-combo 3x's and I have cirrhosis - my last biopsy yielded Stage 4, grade 2. I have been sober in AA for more than 19 years. No fatty infiltrates were found on my biopsy.
I have a positive RH factor and the sed rate blood test has been both positive and negative; however, I believe I have HCV Arthritis. I have very few bone spurs but many joints involved. I had arthroscopic ankle surgery in July and it was a failure - I am extremely hypermobile anyway. I have severe pain in my hips, back, and wrists, and I wear wrist braces just about 24/7. I've been screened for Marfan syndrome and the results are negative; however, I do have fibromyalgia.
I've been told I have RA and have been told I haven't - I'm now housebound with arthritis, I have a leg brace, I can't get out of bed in the mornings and I have extreme pain that opioids don't come close to helping (or I'...
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