10 thoughts on “Calf Pain Sciatica

  1. How should minor sciatica pain be treated?
    I’m 31 and for the last year or so, I’ve had minor “annoying” pain that migrates. Sometimes it’s on the side of my my left buttock, or the back of my left thigh, or the top back portion of my calf, or sometimes two of the three.

    Although it happens on other random occasions, I mostly feel the pain when I’m sitting and my legs are propped at a 90 degree angle.

    I’ve thought about going to to the doctor for this, but I wasn’t sure if he could do anything about it as it is only minor pain and isn’t there constantly.

    Any thoughts on this or what I can do to relieve this pain?

    • You can try OTC NSAID’s if it is OK for you to use them (call your doctor’s office to see what one you should try). They will help dull the pain and reduce swelling, which also helps with the pain. Using hot or cold packs may help too. If you use a hot pack, don’t make it so hot that it burns you. If you use a cold pack, only leave it on for 20-30 at a time then leave it off for at least 30 minutes.

      What most people call sciatica (sciatic nerve pain) is actually a group of lower back and leg issues. Seeing a doctor would likely help because they can evaluate if it is actually sciatica. A sports medicine doctor would be your best bet for this, though some primary care or urgent care doctors may be able to help too. In some cases, they can inject medication that will numb the pain for a day or so and bring down the swelling in the nerve after a couple of days.

      They can also prescribe for medication that works better and is gentler on your stomach than OTC NSAID’s.

      There are studies showing that chronic pain like this can respond well to acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture stimulates the body to release natural painkillers and can help calm the inflammation of the nerve causing your pain.

      You should look into ergonomics to make sure you are sitting correctly. Check the quality of your chair. Get up periodically to stretch and walk around. Regular exercise, especially walking, can reduce or eliminate chronic mild back pain. This works because it strengthens the muscles of your back and reduces the pressure on your nerve. If you are overweight or smoke, know that both of these contribute to back pain and sciatica.

  2. Why would I need an epidural for sciatic leg pain?
    I have had sciatic leg pain that went to my foot and the foot is now numb and tingling.

  3. How can i relieve the pain of severe sciatica caused by a herniated disc?
    4 weeks ago i was stuck in bed because of a herniated disc. Now, this sciatica pain is horrible. It started in my butt and now it has moved to my calf. Is this something that anyone has experienced before? And how long should this last. BTW i no longer feel any discomfort in my back, very minimal. Help please

    • The best thing for a herniated disc is talking with your doctor. They can recommend anything from a chiropractor to spinal injections. But don’t worry, odds are they will be able to handle it without extreme measures.

      In the meantime, here are the things you should be doing:

      1 – keep a log of when you are in pain, where the most pain is located (side of the body, down the legs, etc.), and if you are feeling pain when you wake up.

      2 – Keep some nuts or some other source of quick magnesium handy at all times. It may not be enough to stop the pain completely, but eating enough will take the edge off, and they act fast.

      3 – if you are using a heating pad, consider an infrared heating pad, they go straight into the muscle without hurting the outer layer of skin.

      4 – If ice seems to help you more, put an ice pack directly on the pain area and try to keep it there for 10 minutes. Then remove it for 10 minutes and repeat.

      Your doctor probably has more information for you, but hopefully these tricks will help you until you are able to be seen.

      Good luck!

  4. What can cause a pain in my butt that runs to my calf, and causes me to kind of drag that leg a little bit?
    The pain just appeared one day 2 wks ago, no reason unless it could come from team roping.

    • Sciatica commonly refers to pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve and is typically felt in the rear, down the back of the leg and possibly to the foot. Sciatica is one of the most common forms of pain caused by compression of the spinal nerves, and the leg pain often feels much worse than the back pain. Sciatica is actually a symptom and not a diagnosis. The term literally means that a patient has pain down the leg from compression on the sciatic nerve. The diagnosis is what is causing the compression (such as a disc herniation). The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the human body; it runs from each side of the lower spine through deep in the rear and back of the thigh, and all the way down to foot, connecting the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles.

      Sciatica pain can result when the nerve roots in the lower spine are irritated or compressed. Most often, sciatica pain is caused when the L5 or S1 nerve root in the lower spine is irritated by a herniated disc. When this happens, pain radiates into the rear and back of the thigh and calf, and occasionally may extend down to the foot. Numbness, tingling, and/or a burning or prickling sensation are also common symptoms.

      Best way to fix this is to see a Chiropractor for treatments.

  5. What is the connection between Fibromyalgia and physical trauma from an accident?
    Having been in a car accident I have been diagnosed now with Fibromyalgia (and other things were suggested) having lost partial sensations to skin,loss of one legs reflexes,muscles tone to calves of legs,back pain,subject to falls,pins and needles w/sharp pains occasionally to feet and hands.I had originally been diagnosed as having whiplash and soft tissue damage to front right hip,This other group of symptoms showed up after a couple of years.I now use a cane,and the connection is being dismissed.Is there one?

    • Get more doctor opinions. What you describe is not fibromyalgia, which is basically muscle / nerve pain and /or extreme sensitivity to touch. Sounds far more to me like a pinched nerve or sciatica or compressed disks, but certainly related to back / spine, and could very well be related to the accident. I’m not a doc but I’ve been in medical field for 28 years, and I’m just sayin’. Those insurance companies will do their best to screw you so make SURE you get other opinions from good, unbiased doctors (if you haven’t already). Best wishes to you Blondie, I’m very sorry to hear you’re having such difficulties. HUG

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