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I've long had pain from my left hip that sometimes shot to my knee. I recently have started having knee problems.

But, my question about sciatica comes from my more recent symptoms--I'm waking up at night with burning pain that starts in my left hip & shoots all the way down to my feet which have been achy all over & it's worse at night, pain & burning, especially intense in my heels.

What makes me question whether it could be sciatica or something else is that the leg pain & burning are in both legs, not just the left.

I'm going to be getting xrays of my neck soon when my new insurance kicks in, should I be asking the doctor about hip or back, too? This is kinda miserable.
[QUOTE=sassy411;4635426]I've long had pain from my left hip that sometimes shot to my knee. I recently have started having knee problems.

But, my question about sciatica comes from my more recent symptoms--I'm waking up at night with burning pain that starts in my left hip & shoots all the way down to my feet which have been achy all over & it's worse at night, pain & burning, especially intense in my heels.

What makes me question whether it could be sciatica or something else is that the leg pain & burning are in both legs, not just the left.

I'm going to be getting xrays of my neck soon when my new insurance kicks in, should I be asking the doctor about hip or back, too? This is kinda miserable.[/QUOTE]


Hi sassy. Yes, do tell the doctor about these symptoms. He may order an MRI to see if there is anything going on in your lumbar area. Be sure to make note of what makes it worse and if there is anything you do that makes it better.

Please stay in touch and let us know what happens.

Carol
Thanks, Carol. I will do that.

What baffles me is that both legs are affected equally, tho most of the hip pain is on my left. Doesn't seem to make any sense to me.
Have you ever had any lower lumbar back problems? Is the pain in both legs the same most of the time or does it move from one leg to the other, and then sometimes in both legs? I had instability in a segment of my lumbar spine that caused the leg pain to move around -- sometimes to the left leg, but mostly it was on the right side. Sometimes it would switch daily. Other times it would be in the right leg for months. Then for no apparent reason it would stop and shift over to the left leg.

You can have sciatic type pain that comes from a spinal nerve and radiates out to a limb, or the actual sciatic nerve can be inflamed or irritated. If it is in both legs consistently, I would think it is coming from nerve compression or irritation originating in your spine.

Be sure to mention it to your doctor. He can do some testing to try to determine where it is coming from.

Please let us know what you find out.
[QUOTE=tetonteri66;4635632]Have you ever had any lower lumbar back problems? Is the pain in both legs the same most of the time or does it move from one leg to the other, and then sometimes in both legs? I had instability in a segment of my lumbar spine that caused the leg pain to move around -- sometimes to the left leg, but mostly it was on the right side. Sometimes it would switch daily. Other times it would be in the right leg for months. Then for no apparent reason it would stop and shift over to the left leg.

You can have sciatic type pain that comes from a spinal nerve and radiates out to a limb, or the actual sciatic nerve can be inflamed or irritated. If it is in both legs consistently, I would think it is coming from nerve compression or irritation originating in your spine.

Be sure to mention it to your doctor. He can do some testing to try to determine where it is coming from.

Please let us know what you find out.[/QUOTE]


It's both legs pretty evenly. I was very surprised when swimming aggravated it, that normally makes everything feel better all over.

I was going to put this off for a few weeks but it sounds as if I need to talk with my doctor sooner?

Oh yes, I've had low back pain for years. I never made any connection but my doctor asked me about prior accidents because my neck is causing a lot of issues right now & needs to be xrayed. About 30 yrs ago, I was in a pretty nasty rear ender, I got hit standing still, the other car was doing about 45 mph. Luckily my neck didn't break.

I'm waiting a couple of weeks for my new insurance to kick in before getting the neck xray. Sounds as if I may need more than that?

I also finding that ultracet is more effective on this leg pain than vicodin.





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