Pain In The Buttocks To The Sole Of The Left Foot?
Good morning. I want to ask herlinda. lately I often experience pain starting from the buttocks to the sole of the left foot. I often experience it, but in recent days I started to feel the pain, but when I am on the move, I don’t feel it when I have a break, you feel pain and pain, especially when I just wake up from sleep. Thank you
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Pain that you feel radiating from the buttocks to the legs is most likely caused by sciatica. Sciatica is pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, the nerve that extends from the lower back to the hips and buttocks, down to the legs. Sciatica occurs because of the pinching of the sciatic nerve. In general, sciatica occurs on one side of the leg only, although it can also occur on both legs.
The main symptom of sciatica is pain radiating from the lower back to the buttocks to the legs. However, this pain can also be accompanied by other symptoms such as numbness or tingling in the legs, weakness in the leg muscles, and reflex problems in the legs. Symptoms in sciatica can get worse when coughing or sneezing, or when staying in the same position for long periods of time, such as sitting for long periods.
Nerve pinching in sciatica is most often caused by disc herniation (herniated nucleus pulposus), or the formation of small bones in the spine (bone spurs) for example due to osteoatrhitis in the spine. Some of the risk factors that cause sciatica are old age, obesity (overweight), jobs that require a lot of circular movements on the back / waist or lifting a lot of heavy objects, sitting too much, diabetes.
To determine the cause of the pain you feel, you should check with a neurologist. The doctor will perform several physical examinations and neurological examinations, and recommend additional examinations such as an EMG (electromyogram), as well as radiological examinations such as X-rays or CT scans or MRI.
Therapy generally begins with the administration of drugs first. the medications given include painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, tricyclic antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs (antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs are often used to treat nerve pain). Another therapy that will be suggested is routine physiotherapy. Other therapies that can be given if these two therapies cannot improve your condition are steroid injections in the area of stressed nerves and surgery if the condition is very severe and cannot be treated with other treatments.
Some of the things you can do for the time being include:
Compress the lower back area near the buttocks with a cold compress when the pain is severe (the first 2-3 days only), then continue with a warm compress on the same area. The compress is carried out for 10-15 minutes a day, 3-4 times per day.
Do frequent stretching exercises (stretching)
Avoid sitting too long
Sleep on your back straight
You can take painkillers such as Paracetamol to help provide temporary pain relief
The following is an article about sciatica that you can read
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