Sciatic Nerve Symptoms

A Real Pain In The Butt !!!

Oh, excuse me, I mean in the rear.

A sciatic nerve symptom is a compressed nerve or nerves in the lower spine. If, you find that sitting for an extended period of time, your legs start to go numb, a tingling sensation starts and spasms follow, you could have a pinched sciatic nerve.

Having sciatic nerve pain, you will experience a burning in the rear, near the tailbone, that will radiate down one leg or the other. This pain can appear on the front of the leg as well as the back and through the foot and toes.

It’s like you have a piece of rope, holding it at your back, swung around your outer leg to your foot. This is the route the pain travels.

I have been seen limping, because it hurts so bad.

Usually, the back pain is less severe than the leg pain. The sciatic nerve pain commonly increases with movement at the waist. This condition is referred to as sciatica.

You may notice, at the onset, a popping feeling in the sciatic region (the lower back) and will be accompanied with numbness and tingling. Standing for a long time can trigger the sciatic nerve into spasms and make it difficult to walk.

Some descriptive words for pinched sciatic nerve pain are:

  • Stinging
  • Numbness
  • Radiating pain
  • Spasms
  • Sharp pain
  • Burning

Pinched sciatic nerve symptoms are not always proceeded by a history of low back pain. It is caused by a compressed nerve root. It can also be caused be irritated nerves in the lower back stemming from degenerative disc disease.

There are some that experience bowel and bladder incontinence or dysfunction. If left alone, it can become crippling. The pain will be incapacitating.

Some of the causes for sciatic nerve symptoms (sciatica) that become pinched are:

  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • This occurs when there is a tear in the outer wall of the disc and the gel-like fluid begins to leak. This in-turn puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.

  • Spinal Stenosis
  • A narrowing of one or more areas in your spine. This will cause nerve pain.

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • The disc are starting to wear from age or over-use like heavy lifting. They are losing their spastisity and flattening out. It is really a misnomer, and not a disease at all.

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