Sciatica often begins as an unexplained pain in the back of your leg. Even though sciatica is related to a pinched nerve or a herniated disc in your back, you may or may not feel sciatica back pain. Many patients report experiencing symptoms for the first time after lifting something heavy or after twisting their backs into an awkward position.
Common sciatica symptoms:
- Shooting or stabbing leg pain in your legs or buttocks, usually on one side of your body.
- Tingling or numbness in your lower extremities, particularly after sitting for long periods.
- Weakness or difficulty moving your lower legs and feet.
You may have tried to stretch your sore leg muscles but discovered that stretching doesn’t bring relief. That’s because the pain is referred from your back, at the point where the nerve is pinched, to the lower part of your body.
You may also find that you’re avoiding certain activities because you’re afraid to experience pain. Many patients seek sciatica treatment because their pain is causing them to feel depressed and socially withdrawn.