What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a diagnoses or term that describes a specific type of pain caused by a specific reason.
Sciatica “The Pain”:
Classic sciatica pain is a radiating pain, often described as like lighting or an electric shock. Sciatica most commonly starts at the buttocks and shoots down to the back of the knee often going to the calf and sometimes all the way down the back of the leg and to the heel and foot. The radiating pain can run down one or both legs. When in both legs and sciatica pain is not always equal. i.e. to the pain to the calf in one leg and pain to the foot in the other leg.
Sciatica pain can be extremely painful. Some women have described it as much worse than childbirth. Often one of the most frustrating details about sciatica is that the pain is in areas where there is no problem. Despite the bulging disc being in your low back, it causes excruciating pain in your leg or foot. Other descriptions of sciatica pain include it being unrelenting or conversely and more commonly “fine” one minute until the patient moves a specific way. It’s these seemingly random and severe shooting pains that “come out of nowhere” that can make sciatica almost unbearable.