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Question about sciatic pain going down the FRONT of my leg?

MsHumptyDumptyMMsHumptyDumpty Posts: 1,568
I have had sciatic issues on my left side and the pain (which one never forgets)ran down my but and the back of my leg.
I recently started having sciatic issues on my right side and today I bent over just a little bit & the sciatic pain grab me in the typical spot in my lower back BUT this time it ran down the front of my leg to my knee.

Is that normal when dealing with sciatic issues?

I have only experienced and heard of back of the leg pain.

PS: For those who know me I will be back here more regular soon. We have had several family crisis over the past month or so and then last week we lost our fur son to diabetes. :(
I got him as a birthday present several yrs ago and he passed away 2 days before my 50th birthday - it was really rough.
L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
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  • 39 reads and no one else has had this type/area of pain? I can't find anything online at search engines either. Now I wonder if I should be worried...
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • I hope you get an answer but I suspect what you are having on top of your leg is not sciatica pain. It may feel like it but I dont think the nerve in that location is the sciatic nerve. I too have pain, numbness, tingling and sometimes stabbing pains in my right upper thigh. I can usually relieve it by shifting to another position or wiggling around a bit. Of course the morphine, methadone and gapapentin help some too.
  • Hi

    I also have the pain in front right thigh, this sometimes spasm,There is also a burning sensation in front right shin and most recently burning on the soles of my feet,My right leg was the only one affected until a couple of weeks ago, now my left leg has the burning sensation in the shins and feet area, My lower back aches 24/7, i find walking more than 100 metres brings on these conditions and standing more than a couple of mins,I can sit for a good while though,laying down brings on the back pain.
    I see the neuro surgeon on the 24th of this month, I have been through all the p/t chiro/pain management, without any real relief, hope the neuro can help.

    Davey
  • My pain management said that the pain in the front of my thigh is from the bulging disc at L4/L5 sitting on that nerve which is different than the L5/S1 nerve which causes sciatica.

    I'm hoping I am remembering that correctly. I hope you get some relief soon.

    Connie
  • This article shows which nerves cause pain in certain areas of the leg

    http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/sciatica/what-you-need-know-about-sciatica

    Hope that helps

    Amanda x
  • Thank you Amanda I will go look at this right now. Stabbing pain in lower right side of back continues with pain running down front of right leg to the knee :(
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • sciatic pain can reveal itself on any part of the leg, upper or lower, front or back, it depends what nerve root is impinged/implicated. the sciatic nerve, if i recall correctly, begins at these nerve roots where the spinal cord ends. you could be referring to the "sacral" nerve roots that run the back of the legs (S1, S2 ....) and would have pain running down the back of the leg, these sacral nerve roots appear below the lumbar areas (L4, 5 ...). The lower L and S nerves are both part of the sciatic nerve.
  • I too belive i have this but my pain goes to Mt upper butt area and the sides just down my right hip to the beginning side of My thigh or i guess the end of my hip its sooo painfull...but, im not sure if its my nerve or not what does anyone think? :-( i hope u feel better! And im sorry about ur family member God bless.
  • So I talked to my chrio and he said sounded like a SI Joint type issue. I usually trust his knowledge but uh I don't think so this time - I think he is off course with the "ice it & it will get better" advice.

    I "know" something else is up. Guess it is time to go see main Dr.

    babyruth - that is my guess too - TY :)

    Ash - I hope some other members here can help you out :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Hi,

    I have been having this front of thigh pain since my fusion in oct 2009. I had hoped it was caused by my infected hardware but it is still there.

    My latest surgeon says I have facet joint osteoarthritis at L4L5 and that could be causing my pain. Although he says there is no sign of nerve impingement so he can't explain the nerve pain, just my back pain.

    In two weeks I am trying facet joint injections and an esi at L4L5 to see if that helps.

    Good luck.
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