“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 ...
Full Question: My son has been diagnosed with abdominal migraines. When he has a bad attack he looses the use of his legs temporarily until the migraine goes away. Our neurologist has done numerous test to find out what may be causing his legs to go out but all the test come back ok (See tests below) Do you know what could be causing this & what to do next? The following test were done and came back ok - MRI spine, CAT of brain, sonogram of stomach, tube down the throat (don't know the name of the test), EKG, sticky plateletts test, colon & digestive tests by a gastrologist. Mrs. D. Answer: Dear Mrs. D.; It's possible that your son's legs are "going out" is an actual Migraine symptom. You don't say if they go out due to motor weakness or paralysis, but either can be from Migraine. That said, the symptoms of abdominal Migraines do NOT include motor weakness or paralysis. The ONLY type of Migraine that applies to is hemiplegic Mi...
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common and sometimes
devastating condition. I see it quite frequently
in many of my chronic pain patients. In
fact, it contributes to quite a bit of chronic pain, because of the difficulty
it causes in terms of getting a good night's rest, and because it in and of
itself can be rather painful. And there
are diseases associated with chronic pain which can result in so-called
Restless Leg Syndrome is a nighttime condition that has a huge impact on
daytime functioning for those afflicted.
The diagnosis of RLS is mostly arrived at through interviews
with the patient, and basically involves four important features:
is a compelling need to move, usually associated with unpleasant
sensations in the legs, which have been described variously as painful,
electric or "creepy-crawly."
sensations of RLS are worse or exclusively present at rest.
sensations are at least partial...
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