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Sciatica Pain and Burning or Tingling Down the Leg

At its best, burning or tingling in the leg is an annoyance. But when these sensations are also accompanied by pain, numbness or weakness in your leg or your foot, then the cause could be a problem with your sciatic nerve, a condition called sciatica.

Burning or Tingling in the Leg Could be a Sciatica Pain Symptom

If you have one leg that is experiencing a burning or tingling sensation, the problem could actually be originating in your back. You might experience pain in your lower back that seems to move down into your leg, or you might have no pain in your back at all. Either way, sciatica could be the culprit and a proper diagnosis is important.

Is Burning or Tingling in the Leg a Symptom of Sciatica?

In the most mild of cases, burning or tingling in the legs can be a nuisance. At its worst, it can make it hard to sleep, walk, or enjoy most of the activities of daily living. Leg pain can manifest as throbbing, aching, searing or shooting pains. When it presents as burning or tingling, the problem could be sciatica, particularly if it’s accompanied by low back pain and/or weakness or numbness in the leg or the foot.

Most people don’t think: “My leg hurts; there must be something wrong with my back,” but sometimes that’s exactly where the problem originates. The issue is in the spine, but it puts pressure on your sciatic nerve which travels down and and ends up in your leg. This is a condition called sciatica.

If you go to your doctor with pain, weakness or numbness in your leg, ankle or foot, and he or she doesn’t check out your back, it is important to consult a spine health expert. Most physicians are well aware that numbness, pain or weakness in the leg could be originating with a problem in the spine.

One of the most common indications of sciatica is burning or tingling down the leg. It can manifest in a couple of different ways. Some sufferers report a searing pain that seems to come from the lower back, and travel down through the buttocks and into the leg. Others state that the pain is intermittent, shooting down from the lower back into the leg, and sometimes into the foot. When pain isn’t experienced, there is often the sensation of an electrical shock. This is due to an irritation of the nerve root in the lower spine. Dull aching is usually not an indication of sciatica.

Another indication of sciatica is a tingling, or numbness in the leg. It may feel as though your leg has fallen asleep – and isn’t sensitive to heat, cold or pressure.

Any of these symptoms could indicate sciatica. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments available for this condition and no one should just suffer through the pain. See your doctor, describe your symptoms, and discuss treatment options. Sciatica usually responds to medication or physical therapy and chiropractic care. In extreme cases, surgery may be required to treat the underlying cause of the sciatica pain and burning or tingling resulting from it. An experienced spine health expert can provide a diagnosis and recommend a course of treatment to correct your sciatica pain and burning or tingling in the leg that accompanies it.

At a Glance: Burning or Tingling in the Leg and Sciatica Pain Symptoms

  • Coccyx damage is usually the result of an accident or fall
  • Aggravation from daily activities may exacerbate coccyx pain and tailbone tenderness
  • Pain medications may help relieve acute episodes of pain, but speak with your spine health provider before taking them
  • In a traumatic injury has occurred to the coccyx a bruise may be visible on the skin near the tailbone

Health Tips For Sciatica

  • Lean forward when sitting down
  • Use a doughnut pillow to relieve coccyx pressure
  • Use heat or ice packs as instructed by a spine health expert
  • Take an over-the-counter pain medication if recommended by your physician
  • Avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time
  • Avoid constipation by eating high-fiber foods and drinking plenty of water

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