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I am suffering from Sciatica from 8th Feb 2013. My age is 57. I felt severe pain in my back and left leg running down to pain in calf and little inflammation in foot during first 4 days and after that it decreased but still I feel pain in leg and back and especially in left calf. I feel severe pain after arising from my bed and after 2 hours I get some relief. I want to ask you Sir that are those symptoms mentioned above of Sciatica or some other problem? And one thing here to mention that my pain becomes severe due to warming. And can I take a bath or can I perform ablution? Is there any bad effect of ablution( cleaning the foot with water ). Is there any bad effect of applying water on the left leg as I have pain in my back and left leg.

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Dear Mohammad,

I am sorry about the leg pain.  This definitely could the "sciatica", as you say.  Sciatica is pain in the leg resulting from nerve irritation or compression, usually occuring in the lumbar spine, but at times in the muscles of the buttocks.  I find that it is usually the former, and not the latter.

In order to diagnose this condition correctly, an MRI of the lumbar spine should be performed. It will show the intervertebral discs, and help you to know which, if any, are degenerating and/or bluging/herniating, and applying pressure to the spinal cord or to the nerve roots as they exit the spinal cord.

The act of bathing or washing might requires some positioning that could aggravate your pain. The water and bathing itself will not have an affect, one way or the other, on the leg pain.  In other words, water is not going to make things worse, but if you are bending over to wash your feet, this could put stress on the lower back and increase your back pain and leg pain, if in deed you are truly suffering from sciatic neuralgia resulting from lumbar disc herniation.

There are other conditions that can cause leg pain, such as circulation issues in the leg.

The most important thing is to get to a good doctor for evaluation and treatment of the condition, otherwise we are only speculating as to the cause of your symptoms.

Good Luck,

Keith Biggs, DC

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I can answer questions regarding chiropractic care and diagnosis, exercise rehabilitation, spine therapy, disc injuries, back pain, neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, car accident injuries, physical therapeutics, acupuncture, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, decompression traction, acupressure, acugraphing, orthotics, arch supports, carpal tunnel, sciatica, degenerative joint disease, arthritis, weight loss, etc.

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I have been in private practice for more than 20 years in Mesa, AZ. In my practice I have seen thousands of patients with many different conditions. Every patient is unique and requires individualized attention and care. I pride myself in attentive and appropriate care for every individual that comes to my office

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Arizona Chiropractic Society

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Doctor of Chiropractic, Cum Laude,Logan College of Chiropractic, 1987. Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Logan College of Chiropractic. Licensed to practice Chiropractic in Arizona. Certification in Acupuncture. Certification in Physiotherapy and Traction.

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I have treated thousands of people in my private practice during the past 21 years, and in the process, I have learned so much. Practice guidelines and patient privacy laws prohibit the naming of past patients.

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