Sciatica

 

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Symptoms of sciatica

 

 

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Sciatic pain can range from being mild to very painful and may last just a few days or for months. If it lasts for more than six weeks, it is considered to be persistent (chronic) sciatica.

Sciatica is different to general back pain. The pain of sciatica hardly affects the back at all but radiates out from the lower back, down the buttocks and into one or both of the legs, right down to the calf.

  • Pain that feels better when you lie down or are walking, but worsens when standing or sitting
  • Pain that is typically described as sharp or searing, rather than dull
  • Some experience a “pins-and-needles” sensation, numbness or weakness, or a prickling sensation down the leg

The pain often gets worse over time and may also be made worse by:

  • sneezing, coughing or laughing (impulse pain)
  • standing or sitting for a long period of time
  • bending backwards

Other symptoms

If you have sciatica, you may also experience the following symptoms around your legs and feet:

  • numbness
  • tingling
  • muscle weakness
  • loss of tendon reflexes

 

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