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how does sciatica actually feel?

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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Thigh pain & cramps: Sciatica feels like pain, cramping, numbness, and tingling that radiates from the buttocks to the back of the thigh, occasionally into the leg and foot.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
It is a pain of : Varying quality typically running down a leg that has been described as burning, a "hot poker" sensation or "electrical shock" like feeling that may be associated with neurologic symptoms such as tingling or numbness. It is typically positional withcertain postures and activities aggravating it with others helping to relieve it. Coughing, sneezing or bearing down may aggravate the pain.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Pain in Back/Leg: Pain in the leg typically from the buttock through to the foot in the back of the leg. Sensation can vary from throbbing to sharp stabbing, electric like feeling or even numbness and tingling sensations can occur.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are recommended exercises for relieving sciatica?

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 23 years experience
See a pain doc: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several reasons for "sciatica" or pain down the leg. Lumbar disc inflammation with or without nerve impingment, facet joint irritation, sacroiliac joint irritation, piriformis syndrome. A thorough physical exam and diagnostic studies will help determine what exercise will be best depending on your diagnosis.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are common exercises to combat sciatica?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
"Superman!": As one who has a bulging disc (and no surgery), back strengthening exercises are very important to help stabilize the back. I recommend the "superman" exercise: lying on your stomach, stretch your arms out like you're flying through the air like superman. For 5 seconds, raise your right arm and shoulder, and left leg and hip off the floor, then repeat on the other side. Do this 12x on each side.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How do I lose 20lbs when I have sciatica?

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 23 years experience
Viscious Cycle: You need to treat the pain to feel better so you can exercise. There can be several reasons for "sciatica" or pain down the leg. Lumbar disc inflammation with or without nerve impingment, facet joint irritation, sacroiliac joint irritation, piriformis syndrome. A thorough physical exam and diagnostic studies will help determine what will be best to get you feeling better based on your diagnosis.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are recommended exercises or stretches for sciatica?

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 23 years experience
See a pain doctor: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several reasons for "sciatica" or pain down the leg. Lumbar disc inflammation with or without nerve impingment, facet joint irritation, sacroiliac joint irritation, piriformis syndrome. A thorough physical exam and diagnostic studies will help determine what exercise will be best depending on your diagnosis.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are some natural therapies for sciatica?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Stretch: One of my favorite treatments for sciatica(as i tell all my affected patients) is as follows: lay on your bed on your tummy; and position the affected side as close to the edge of your bed as you can get. Now simply allow your leg (not you!) to slide off; this will create gentle but effective traction on the pyriformis muscle which should relieve your sciatic nerve impingement.

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