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Posted by Lee on October 28, 2000 at 07:49:11:

In Reply to: Re: Tingling or pain sciatica posted by Sciatica on October 28, 2000 at 07:28:14:

: : : Does any one know if tingling in the leg means the problem with the back is more serious than having pain in the leg?

: : Hi Martin - Sorry you're having problems!! What kind of tests have you had done? Do you have a diagnosis?? Pain & tingling might suggest that you have nerve impingement --- something (a protruding or herniated disc perhaps?) could be pushing on the nerve, causing the pain & tingling. Do you have feeling in the leg? Is it constant or does it come & go? A little more info would be helpful. Peace, Lee

: Hi Lee, the tingling is bought on by sitting or walking & then develops into pain in my calf after a few hous at work, also I sleep on my side & in the mornings I have a lot of thigh/buutock pain. all these sensations are on the R/H side only. I have had a MRI scan but I am still waiting to see my consultant this could be somtime, as in the UK the NHS is under funded. I am however having private physio but all the treament my physio is giving me are heat packs ultrasound & accupunture. He seems to be reluctant to give me any exercises. Just in case you are wondering I have a 2 year history of low backpain but only in the last 7 months has it developed into sciatica which did not come on sudenly but developed slowly over the last few months. Thanks for your concerns Martin

Hello again Martin - Sounds like you may have disc involvement---I'll be interested to hear what the MRI says. Also, instead of using heat (which can cause blood to gather in the heated area and increase swelling), you may want to try alternating ice packs & heat, about 20 minutes each. Personally, I get more relief from ice packs. Sure hope you get some relief soon. Are you on any pain meds? Keep us posted. Peace, Lee

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