Symptoms of Sciatica
The locations of the symptoms of sciatica may lie along the paths from the sacral area, where the sciatic nerve begins, to the hip and any point along the leg all the way to the toes. The sciatic nerve originates in the low back, and passes through the buttock, to the back of the thigh, to the front and back of the leg and through the feet. The painful and debilitating symptoms of sciatica may present in the lower back, the buttocks, thigh, front and back of the leg, and the feet.
When the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated by any number of different conditions, pain, adverse nerve sensations, and or/weakness may be felt along the nerve pathway. Imagine cutting off the rubber insulation to your cable wire connected to the wall or computer. If the cable is not able to travel along unimpeded without getting pressed on , it will fail to properly send its messages back and forth to the spinal cord and the brain. This partial disruption of electrical in this long nerve may present in the various symptoms of sciatica that people experience: burning, achiness, weakness, tingling, numbness, sharp pain, and dull pain, along the pathway of the partially obstructed nerve. The progression of this illness/condition varies. It may come on suddenly, the symptoms may wax and wane, and it may become progressively worse over time. The condition may also vary in types of symptoms experienced as well as severity of symptoms. Sciatica has been characterized by pain radiating down the back of the thigh that has been characterized as electrical, stabbing, sharp, and burning. Myself, I have experienced all the symptoms of sciatica.
The symptoms of sciatica will usually present on one side one leg or side of the lower back, hip and buttocks, because it will be likely that more than one of the nerve roots will be compressed. The symptoms may present in both legs for some people. The symptoms may be distributed throughout and uniformly along the pathway, but often, one section of it will present with more intensity. Often, the pain of sciatica is accompanied by sensations of achiness, weakness, tingling, and numbness.
For better and worse, the presence and intensity of symptoms do not remain the same from. The sharp, stabbing pain comes in suddenly, reaches a high intensity, then gradually fades away. The burning sensation, which indicates a pinched nerve, is often felt anywhere on the low back, buttocks, legs, and/or feet. The electrical wave of pain radiated from the area of nerve compression , down the sciatic nerve pathway. The electrical sensations come on rapidly, then disappear, only to return intermittently. The numbness and tingling are further signs or nerve compression or irritation along the sciatic nerve pathway. Achiness is more likely to be associated with muscle strain, weakness, or overuse then compression of the sciatic nerve.
The painful symptom of sciatica may be increased when patients attempt to stand of walk for long distances. The symptoms may become more severe when patients sneeze, cough, or bend forward.
Treatments of sciatica include foot reflexology, Acupuncture, the Alexander Technique, and Myotherapy.