As working mums we sit for long hours at our desk job or stand for long hours at home with our kids for the rest of our day. These stresses can build up gradually over days and weeks, leading to back pain and sometimes to leg and bottom pain, also known as Sciatica. In this blog lets discuss the three typical signs of sciatica.
Sciatica is a type of Nerve pain that occurs due to irritation or compression of the Sciatic nerve. The Sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest nerve in the body that originates or starts in the lumbar spine/lower back on both left and right side and travels along the back of the thighs (hamstrings), back of the legs (calf) and the feet all the way to the toes.
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The first symptom of Sciatica is pain in the back or lumbar spine. This can be due to different problems such as disc bulges, spinal stenosis, spinal degeneration or bony spurs due to spinal arthritis. This can be accompanied by pain in the bottom as the sciatic nerve travels from the lumbar spine into the buttocks.
The second symptom of Sciatica is leg pain. The extent and area of leg pain depends on the degree of compression of the nerve. Leg pain can range from pain in the lower back and bottom to nerve pain in the hamstring (back of the thigh) to pain in the back of the leg (calf muscle) to pain in the sole of the feet and toes.
The third symptom of sciatica the change in sensation in the bottom and legs. This depends on which fibres of the sciatic nerve is being pinched or irritated as different fibres of the nerve carries specific sensations. This can vary from a dull, achy nerve pain or pins and needles to numbness or feeling of hot and cold, burning or a sharp shooting pain or just discomfort or uneasiness that cannot be described by any of the above kinds of sensations. An interesting variation in sciatica is alternating sciatica that can switch side from one leg to the other.
Another symptom that can be present, but mostly seen in the later chronic stages of sciatica is a weakness in the leg. This can interfere with walking or other daily activities. affected side. This is mostly felt as a weakness in the legs while walking getting up from sitting position, rolling out of bed and other daily activities.
There can be many causes of Sciatica. Conditions that affect the lumbar spine or lower back can lead to Sciatica. HERE is a free guide to find out the cause of your back pain. Once you have a better understanding of your back pain and sciatica, you can make informed treatment choices with your doctor or healthcare professional
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