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About Chronic Back and Leg Pain

Chronic back pain is usually felt in the lower back, but can also extend into your legs or feet. A number of spinal diseases or injuries can trigger chronic back and leg pain.

Definition

Chronic back and leg pain is described as pain that has been felt in the back or leg for six months or longer. Pain is most often located in the lower back, but it may extend to other areas, such as the thighs, calves, and feet.

Causes

Chronic back and leg pain can result from a number of spinal conditions, including:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Epidural fibrosis
  • Arachnoiditis

Symptoms

Symptoms of chronic back and leg pain can range from mildly uncomfortable to completely disabling. You may feel a sharp or stabbing pain, a burning sensation, or a dull muscular ache. Affected areas may feel tender or sore to the touch and the pain may increase with movement.

Diagnosis

You may have chronic pain if your pain has lasted more than 6 months. Talk to your doctor for more information.

 

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2013

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