For many people, sciatica pain can be intense and debilitating.
Low back pain may show up in addition to the leg pain, but usually the leg pain is noticeably more intense than the low back pain.
Common Sciatica Symptoms
Some mix of the following symptoms is most common:
- Persistent pain in just one side of the buttock or leg, but seldom in both sides
- Pain usually described as sharp or searing, rather than boring
- A “pins and needles” sensation, numbness or weakness, or a prickling sensation down the leg in some situations
- Weakness or numbness when transferring the leg or foot
- Acute or shooting pain in one leg, making it tough to stand up or walk
- Pain and other symptoms in the toes, determined by where the sciatic nerve is changed
- Lower back pain that, if experienced whatsoever, isn’t as intense as leg pain
Symptoms may intensify during abrupt moves, like a sneeze or cough, or when shifting locations, like when moving from a sitting position to standing up.
Specific symptoms are unique determined by the underlying reason for the sciatica. For instance, bending the body backwards or walking more than a short space frequently activates symptoms when spinal stenosis is the cause. Bending the body forwards may activate symptoms if the cause is a lumbar herniated disc.