When you have sciatica, you’ll most likely have pain in your lower back that sometimes moves through your flank and down your leg on one side. Sciatica usually doesn’t affect both sides, but it can in some cases. The kind of pain you have might feel like a dull ache that throbs on and off or gets worse with certain movements, such as bending down. You might also have sciatica pain that hits you suddenly and feels more like a sharp jolt. This kind of pain usually feels worse when you’re coughing or sneezing. Other symptoms you might experience include numbness and tingling.
Sciatica occurs when your sciatic nerve becomes irritated or inflamed. This is a long nerve that starts in your lower back and runs all the way down your leg. When something presses on this nerve, such as a bone spur or herniated disc, it leads to discomfort until this pressure goes away. While it’s not common, you might have sciatica from nerve damage or a tumor growing on your spine. Dr. Ward will evaluate your condition and find the cause of sciatica.
You’re more likely to get sciatica if you have certain risk factors, such as:
Sciatica pain sometimes gets better on its own, especially with mild cases. However, keep in mind that sciatica can cause severe nerve damage in some cases. You’ll need immediate medical care if you lose feeling in your leg or if you lose control of your bladder or bowels.
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