The common symptoms of sciatica include:
- Pain in the lower back
- Pain in the back or leg that gets worse when sitting
- Pain in hip
- Feeling a burning or tingling sensation down the leg
- Constant pain in the back
- Body movements like standing up or sitting down cause extreme pain
Most often, this pain only affects one side of the body. In the case of sciatica, you would feel the pain that extends from the lower back to the back of your thigh and then down towards your leg.
This pain basically arises due to some irritation, or inflammation in the sciatica nerve. This nerve is the thickest nerve in the body, almost equal to the width of our finger. It starts from the lower back and almost reaches the knee level when it branches out into multiple other nerves.
Depending upon the overall condition, for some people, the sciatic pain can be extremely severe and for some, it can be a mild disturbance. However, it has the potential to grow worse.
When to Seek Medical Assistance Immediately
Seek immediate medical assistance if you have:
- Fever followed by back pain
- Swelling or redness on your back
- Pain along the legs
- Numbness or a weakness in the upper thighs, legs, pelvis, or bottom
- A burning sensation while peeing or blood in the urine
- Uncontrollable bowel movements