Can Back Pain Cause Tingling (Nerve Pain) in Legs and Feet?
As an executive mum juggling the demands of work and family, the last thing you need is the added discomfort of back pain. But what if that discomfort extends beyond the back, causing tingling sensations in the legs and feet? Have you wondered if there a link between back pain and tingling in the lower extremities? In this blog, lets discuss this issue to understand if back pain can cause tingling in the legs and feet and how to know if these are related or two separate issues.
Tingling in the legs and feet can stem from various underlying issues, including diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, water retention due to pregnancy, or medication side effects. However, one of the most common causes is related to the spine: pinched nerves.
Our spine is made up of vertebra stacked on top of one another with a disc in between every two vertebra. There are nerves exiting the spine on either side at the level of these vertebra. The nerves that exit the spine at the neck (cervical spine) supply the arms and hands and the nerves at the level of the lower back (lumbar spine) supply the bottom and legs, all the way up to the toes. If the lumbar nerves are compressed or irritated this can lead to a nerve pain in the legs and feet. A classic example of this is Sciatica, that is caused by the irritation or compression of the Sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest nerve in the body. It originates in the lumbar spine and travels down the buttocks, back of the thighs and calf muscle, all the way to the feet. When the sciatic nerve becomes compressed or irritated, due to a disc bulge, spinal stenosis, arthritis, degeneration, etc, it can cause not only back pain but also nerve pain in its area of distribution. This can manifest as tingling, numbness, burning, heaviness or weakness in the bottom, back of the thigh and legs and even the toes. 
Watch this video to learn more about Nerve Pain:

To find out if your back and nerve pain are related, observe if the activities that aggravate your back pain such as poor postures or certain activities also flare up your nerve pain and the activities that relieve your back pain, such as hot and cold packs, stretches, etc are the ones that also give relief to your nerve pain.
HERE is a free guide on Quick Office Stretches for Nerve Pain Relief where you can get detailed information on how to identify which nerve is the cause of your pain and some simple solutions to manage this nerve pain.  

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