Sciatica symptoms

Sciatica symptoms can vary from person to person depending on what the cause is. Sciatica can be caused by anything from a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spine. Some people who will have sciatic symptoms when they have Piriformis Syndrome. This is a condition where the nerves run through the person’s muscles instead of underneath them which can cause sciatica when the muscles contract. Sciatica symptoms are unmistakable. Many times the very first symptom of sciatica is an excruciating pain that runs from the lower back down the leg all the way to the feet. Some people describe this pain as a shooting pain. Many times people will also suffer from having a tingling sensation or a feeling of numbness and muscle weakness in one leg. These are all sciatica symptoms.

It is commonly understood that when a person talks about having sciatica symptoms they are talking about having lower back pain that travels down one of the legs to the bottom of their foot. When somebody has a herniated disc it means that it is bulging or slipped out of its place and may be pressing on the nerve in the spinal column that affects one leg. This can cause one to have various degrees of nerve pain. People who have sciatica symptoms can also simply experience a prickly sensation down the back of one of the legs. There can also be nerve pain in one side of the buttocks that seems to shoot down the leg and out the foot. The pain associated with sciatica symptoms can range from being minor to severe.

Sciatica symptoms can also include irregular bowel or bladder movements and problems. These symptoms can be very serious and you should see your doctor immediately if you are having trouble of any kind with normal elimination functions due to sciatica. If you get the appropriate treatment minor sciatica symptoms will eventually go away. Some forms of treatment will include special exercises that your doctor can instruct you on and pain relievers as well as muscle relaxants. Sometimes sciatica symptoms can be relieved by doing yoga, getting physical therapy and even chiropractic treatments. In fact, going to the chiropractor as soon as you experienced sciatica symptoms will bring relief to most people.

The chiropractor can also use massage therapy along with spinal adjustments to ease sciatica symptoms and pain. Your doctor may also prescribe various types of exercises that can help relieve these symptoms. These exercises usually only take about 10 minutes a day and involve a lot of stretching of the lower back which can significantly relieve sciatica symptoms. Usually the person will have to go to the doctor or physical therapy once or twice a week too.

Sciatica symptoms can be intermittent or constant depending on the person experiencing them. When they become constant they can be debilitating. The person may not get relief no matter what position they put their body in. Other people can get relief from sciatica symptoms if they sit in a certain position or lay down on their back with their knees drawn up to their chest.

Pregnancy may cause some women to experience sciatica. This is because of the pressure the uterus puts on the sciatic nerve as it extends with the growing fetus. A wallet in the back pocket that is sat upon for any length of time can also cause a person to experience sciatica. Construction workers and other types of employees who wear heavy tool belts can also suffer from sciatic symptoms from time to time. People who lift weights can end up having sciatic symptoms they herniated a disc from lifting the weights.

Last updated on Feb 15th, 2010 and filed under Neurological Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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