6 Sciatica Symptoms You’re Probably Ignoring

Sciatica

Sciatica is well-known for causing unpleasant lower back pain that can trickle down to your feet. 

In fact, this is one of the worst pain that any human will experience. 

Why do I say this?

Sciatica symptoms may feel like: “an electric shock” or “ants are crawling in your legs.”

Usually, only one-half of the body is affected.

Certain activities or postures such as coughing, sneezing, lying down, sitting, or standing can worsen the symptoms. 

However, each person undergoes this pain uniquely, and descriptions of the pain can vary widely.

How?

It can vary from a mild ache to a sharp, burning feeling or intense pain. 

That said:

In this post, I’ll explain sciatica symptoms you’re probably ignoring.

But, before I talk about the symptoms, let’s look into what is sciatica?

Sciatica definition

Sciatica
Sciatica (Image Source: Scientificanimations)

“Sciatica,” according to Google, is:

Pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, is caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, often owing to degeneration of an intervertebral disc.

In simple words:

“Sciatica” represents the condition affecting your sciatic nerve, which is the largest and longest nerve in your body.

The sciatic nerve starts: from your spinal cord, goes through your hips and buttocks, and then down each of your legs.

When your sciatic nerve becomes irritated or pinched, it can create a sharp pain in your lower back that radiates to the hip, buttocks, leg, or even your toes.

Here are the six sciatica symptoms you’re probably ignoring

It is advised to see a doctor if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  1. Lower back pain is associated with pain in a lower limb
  2. Numbness and muscle weakness in the leg and foot
  3. Tingling pins and needles sensation in the leg or foot
  4. Pain that worsens with movement
  5. Aching or burning pain in the buttocks
  6. Constant feeling of coldness in the affected leg

There you have it, the six sciatica symptoms you’re probably ignoring.

Keep in mind that most cases of sciatica resolve within about six weeks. 

Still, it is better to see a doctor because the condition can worsen if left untreated.

How do I get instant relief from sciatica?

If sciatica hit you, the first thing to do is:

  • Stay calm because stress and anxiety can make the pain worse
  • Lie flat on your back, lift your legs and place your lower legs on a chair. This relieves and stretches your lumbar region. 
  • You can also take pain relief medication
  • Apply heat and cold therapy: switch between heat and cold packs to immediate relieve sciatic nerve pain
  • A hot bath can ease muscle pain: It is advisable to soak in the tub for at least 30 minutes.

Read more: 8 ways to ease your sciatica pain.

How to prevent sciatica

To prevent sciatica, the best measures that you can take are:

  • Always avoid sitting for a long duration 
  • When standing: maintain good posture, such as standing straight with your shoulders back
  • When sitting: sit straight, leaning on the back of the chair, and keeps your feet on the floor
  • Do regular stretching exercises: to maintain flexibility and muscle strength
  • When driving a car: it is necessary to modify the seat to align with your lumbar spine.  

Conclusion

Now that you can recognize sciatica symptoms.

Always keep in mind that sciatica typically gets better on its own within 40 to 70 days. However, it can last longer sometimes. 

If you suffer from this pain, I advise you to go to a doctor to evaluate your situation and prescribe an appropriate treatment.

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