What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition characterised by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back through your hips, buttocks, and down each leg. The most common symptoms of sciatica include:

  1. Pain: This is the primary symptom. It can range from mild to severe and may feel like a sharp, shooting pain or a constant dull ache.
  2. Radiating Pain: The pain often starts in the lower back or buttock and radiates down the back of the thigh and into the calf and foot. It typically follows the path of the sciatic nerve.
  3. Numbness or Tingling: You might experience numbness, tingling, or a “pins-and-needles” sensation along the nerve pathway, especially in the leg or foot.
  4. Muscle Weakness: This can occur, particularly in the leg or foot. It may make it difficult to move the affected limb.
  5. Difficulty Standing or Walking: Severe sciatica can make it challenging to stand up or walk, especially if it’s due to compression of the nerve root.
  6. Worsening Pain with Certain Activities: Activities like sitting, coughing, or sneezing can exacerbate the pain.
  7. Pain on One Side: Sciatica typically affects only one side of your body.
  8. Loss of Bowel or Bladder Control (in severe cases): This is rare but can be a sign of a serious condition requiring immediate medical attention.

Remember, if you suspect you have sciatica or are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. They can provide personalised advice based on your specific situation.

This is something I am experiencing myself at the moment. I will document my recovery and any useful tips I can for those who also suffer with sciatica.

Kim x

PS If reading isn’t your thing – I will be talking loads about this on my Instagram over the next couple weeks https://www.instagram.com/pilatescoreuk/

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