Should I see a doctor for this?

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Well hi, this is my first post and it's nice to see a forum for patients and all the goods.

So.. To get to the topic at hand, I've had this on and off pain and since today it seems to be worse than it usually is, i'm wondering if I should see a doctor. I'll try to describe my best what i'm feeling.

So the pain starts on my lower back, it's right above where my back ends and bottom starts, and it's kinda shifted a bit to the right, but still close to my spine. It feels like a shooting pain, and goes down the side of my right leg. The pain in my leg... Around the outer thigh... I'm not sure how to describe, maybe like a sore muscle? or a feeling of getting punched? And now that i'm typing this, i'm noticing that there is a slight pain on my ankle too.

It's hard to find a comfortable position when i'm feeling this pain, laying on my side makes it feel worse and I can definitely feel it when sitting... I think the pain lets off a bit when i'm walking around, but it could just be because i'm more distracted and not focusing on it as much.

Of course, this pain seems to go away after a while, about 1-2 days after it appears it's gone like i've never had it. Then I forget about it for perhaps up to 4 months then bam! It's back and as annoying as ever. Every time it appears it seems different, sometimes it's in both legs, sometimes in just one. I don't keep track on what side it usually appears though.

I'm very young, still in highschool. I don't exercise much, but I weigh slightly below average for my age group. Most of the day i'm sitting or laying down. I take the Depo shot and one of the side affects is weakened bones, so maybe that has to do with it? Also, my posture is pretty bad, not gonna lie. I slouch when I sit. I try to keep my head up and back straight when I walk but it tires my back out and I hunch over for a couple seconds.

So.... What do you guys think? Should I see a doctor ASAP? If any of you know what this might be i'd be glad to hear it out as well. Thanks.

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    Hi Blueb1rd

    It looks a bit like sciatica (Google it, if you need to) given your bad posture, your body weight and your lack of exercise . It's not a medical emergency, but I would see a doctor to get advice about your life style, or a referral to a physiotherapist. For your pain you could buy some NSAID's like Nurofen.

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    Hi, I think a Physio would be straight on this as it would indicate sciatic nerve pain. You mention bad posture and that would be a probable cause. It is quite likely too that as a student and being quite inactive I imagine you are not getting the exercise you need.

    you really need to build up the core muscle around the affected area but the best thing is to get your GP to refer you for physio-therepy. Exercise is so important in our daily life and if we dont do enough then we will experience signs and symptoms relating to pain because our frame is not equipped to carry the load.

    You may also like to go online NHS service for exercises to build up core muscles, but do see GP for referal.

    Hope this help. Regards, Dave.

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    !! It does seem that your symptoms ,are causing you some! ,concern, and worry...and i do.agree with the other person...who. Contacted you.....if this problem...keeps coming back....then it is best to get it investigated ....back a very common complaint...but can have many causes....some very easy to.remedy...some not are very suffer this type of problem..... So i think. That a visit to your in the our best find out the true cause...of why you are suffering....please !! do not panic!!...and think. of nasty things it might be..... Back pain very common...for! different reasons...the Dr will find out..exactly what is causing yours....then it can be say you are still at do talk to.your parents, about your problem....then they can help!! And support you!! any treatment, the Dr advices, ...please do not seeing the cause....can be found...and are very young....and i feel sure that it will be put to.rights......once the cause is found.....a time...saves.nine!!....take good care!! have all your front of you.... And your chosen career....please do not worry!! will be fine!!....see your Dr....then he can help you.

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    It sounds like sciatica. I have found the only thing that works for me is physio and exercise. You may be able to find some exercises on the internet.

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    Hallo again...please do get to.see your Dr...find out the true cause of your problem...backs are quite tricky things to.treat....always best to.find out the full.cause of the can be treated.....lots of back problems have the same symptoms .....better to. Find out the true problem.....then it can get treated with confidence!! not worry....all the examinations....and tests....are quite painless....the sooner you find out the cause...the quicker you can get treatment...first..port of Call....your GP.....take care!!..........Shirley .

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