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What is sciatica?

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Sciatica is a medical condition which causes back pain, amongst other things. It’s usually only temporary and lasts between 4 and 6 weeks. In some circumstances, however, it may last longer.

Sciatica is when the sciatic nerve, which runs from your hips to your feet, is irritated. It usually gets better in 4 to 6 weeks but can last longer. Some people can suffer from sciatica for months.
It gets its name from the sciatic nerve (which is between your hips and feet) as it occurs when this nerve is irritated.

Other symptoms of sciatica include:- Numbness in your bottom, feet, toes, or legs- A tingling sensation in these areas- A feeling of weakness in these areas- A stabbing, burning or shooting pain in these areas.

It’s important to remember that just because you have back pain, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have sciatica. I was certain I had it but when I consulted a surgeon at a Southampton neurosurgery they informed me that my back pain was actually because of a slipped disc. Therefore, it’s probably a good idea to not self-diagnose and speak to your doctor first.

by Carla Burns 2 years ago

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