SCIATICA- EXTREME PAIN AT THE BACK AND LEGS
Sciatica in itself is not a medical condition or a disease. It is the term used to describe the pain or the state of pain that is experienced in the back, buttocks and legs due to problems in the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest nerve in the body, which runs from the spine in the lower back to the legs. This is the reason why irritations in the sciatic nerve cause pain in those areas. While many people have lower back pain and leg pain, not all of these result from problems with the sciatic nerve, and so are not sciatica. However, since sciatica can take a serious turn and make a person bed ridden, it is best to find out if you have sciatica and if you do, what to do about it.
If the sciatic nerve faces irritation or problems, it may result in your legs feeling numb or weak, the origin of which will be from the back or the spinal cord, that is, along the path of the sciatic nerve. There is also a possibility that there will be a tingling sensation. You have sciatica if:
(i) you experience constant pain, mostly in one leg, or in only one side of the leg or of the buttock
(ii) the pain that you experience becomes more severe if you sit down or remain at sitting position
(iii) you experience a burning sensation, or a tingling sensation down the leg, that is, down the path of the sciatic nerve
(iv) find it difficult to move your leg or your foot due to its weakness or its numbness
(v) have a constant pain only on one side of the bottom of your back, or
(vi) find it difficult to stand or walk because of a sharp or searing pain in the area where the sciatic nerve is situated.
It is important to treat this condition properly, because this pain can severely limit the sufferer’s mobility, and especially so in later years, around or after the age of fifty.
In the initial stages, the pain from a sciatic attack can be relieved by applying a cold pack on the affected area. This slowly numbs the nerve and in so doing reduces the pain. After five or six days, during which time you should continue applying the cold pack on that area, start applying a hot pack on that very same area. This will increase the blood circulation in the muscles, and help the nerve heal itself naturally. Also, the sciatic pain is the result of an inflamed nerve, which means that anti-inflammatory treatments should work well and fast against sciatica.
The bottom line, however, is that you have to get professional help. The nuances and problems of the nerves in our body will not be as clear to lay men, as it will be to professionals with a good amount of knowledge in the concerned area. Sciatica can be debilitating, so I cannot stress enough on treating the condition. Do get professional help.
Article written by Andrew Ellis from www.steamshowersupply.co.uk/blog online fitness site