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When my left leg is straight and I bend over to touch my feet I feel major pain. Sort of like electricity. Should I be worried?

When my left leg is straight and I bend over to touch my feet I feel major pain. Sort of like electricity.  Should I be worried?
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Dr. Bryan K
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Hi @melvin, what you are describing sounds like a radiating pain from an impinged nerve root in the spine. The action that you describe that precipitates the pain is what we call a “bowstringing” effect. I think it is prudent for you to see your general practitioner/ family physician for a physical examination and potentially a referral to see an orthopedic surgeon. I hope this helps! 
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@melvin
Thanks so much Dr. Bryan, I appreciate the quick response very much.
I did some further tests and weather I’m standing up/ sitting down , if I put my leg straight I get the terrible electrical pain. Although I have zero back pain you believe it must be related to my spine?
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Dr. Bryan Koh
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Hi @melvin, no worries. Ultimately it really depends on the specific distribution of the pain of your leg. My major concern to exclude would still be a spine issue which can sometimes happen without back pain. It may just be a soft tissue sprain of a part of the leg itself but visiting the GP for further examination would be the best thing to do for this! 
@melvin
Thank you very much.I will go for an examination. I appreciate your time.

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Dr. Hamid R
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Dear @melvin

Thank you for your query. As what Dr. Bryan K has mentioned, the fact that you used the word 'electricity' is very telling. I would encourage you to see a GP/polyclinic soon as more information regarding any preceding injury, duration of your symptoms as well as any associated weakness and numbness in your affected limb is needed to guide the treatment. It is indeed possible to have just a 'leg issue' without back pain even though the root of the problem is in the spinal discs. Meanwhile, it would help for you to do gentle back and hamstring stretches and to avoid lifting heavy objects while you await further medical review. I hope this helps.
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