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Lower Leg Pain From L5/S1

mikecheckmmikecheck Posts: 7

Has anyone ever developed calf or lower leg pain WITHOUT having radiating sciatic pain?  Recently I've developed pain & cramping in both of my calves.  For years now I've had a L5/S1 herniation but never has leg pain "skipped" a section(s) of my leg.  In other words my pain always radiated down ...low back>buttock>back of leg>calf.  My most recent MRI shows no new developments but my Dr. is still confident this is due to my lower back, even though I am only having calf pain.  Later this week I am scheduled for an ESI.  

My second question is whether anyone has developed muscle cramping as a side effect of sciatic / nerve pain?  Initially I thought I could be confusing nerve pain for muscle cramping but I've found self-massage / foam rolling actually helps (temporarily) which I don't believe would be the case for nerve pain.  My Dr. seems to think this is common but for me personally I've never had sciatic / nerve pain trigger muscle cramping.  

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