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Top 3 Most Common Symptoms of Sciatica

Top 3 Most Common Symptoms of Sciatica

Top 3 Most Common Symptoms of Sciatica

Your sciatic nerve is the widest and the longest nerve in your body. Sciatica nerve pain can occur when there is compression, trauma or damage to the nerve resulting from several conditions, including osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease an injury to your lumbar spine. Although many people think that sciatica is itself a medical condition, it is actually a name that used for a group of symptoms that are the result of an underlying medical problem that is affecting the sciatic nerve. Here are 3 of the most common symptoms of sciatica.

Pain in Leg, Back and Buttocks

One of the most common signs of sciatica is experiencing sciatic nerve pain in one leg, your back and/or your buttocks. In many situations, sciatic nerve pain will worsen as it moves down your leg. The symptoms may include a dull ache or sharp, stabbing pain in these areas.

Numbness in Hip, Back of Leg and Back

As the sciatic nerve pain worsens, you may experience numbness down the back of your leg, on the side of your hip and/or anywhere on your back. When sciatica goes untreated, the numbness can progress resulting in you being unable to properly use your leg.

Intense Pain When Sitting or Standing

Sciatic nerve pain is different from the pain you may experience when standing or sitting for a long time. The pain from sciatica typically worsens the longer you are standing or sitting and unlike other pain from sitting, that is relieved when you shift, relieve from sciatica pain is brief and will resume a few minutes after shifting your position.

If you experience a loss of bowel or bladder control with sciatica, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately. The combination of sciatica nerve pain and loss of bladder or bowel control may be an indication of permanent nerve damage, but if treatment is possible if you get immediate medical attention.

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