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How does sciatica feel?
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Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Burn/electric pain
Sciatica refers to pain in the leg.
It is usually limited to a specific area of the leg. Most often the pain starts in the buttocks and radiates down the back or side of the leg into the foot. The area of radiation is determined by the nerve root affected. The pain is a constant burning or electrical sensation, not worse with activities and not usually associated with back pain.

In brief: Burn/electric pain
Sciatica refers to pain in the leg.
It is usually limited to a specific area of the leg. Most often the pain starts in the buttocks and radiates down the back or side of the leg into the foot. The area of radiation is determined by the nerve root affected. The pain is a constant burning or electrical sensation, not worse with activities and not usually associated with back pain.
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
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Dr. Mehul Desai
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Shooting pain
Typically shooting pain in the leg.
Occasionally through the buttocks or radiating to the hip or lower leg. Can be accompanied by burning, tingling, or numbness.

In brief: Shooting pain
Typically shooting pain in the leg.
Occasionally through the buttocks or radiating to the hip or lower leg. Can be accompanied by burning, tingling, or numbness.
Dr. Mehul Desai
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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