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How does sciatica actually feel?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
3 doctors agree
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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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Chintan Sampat
Dr. Chintan Sampat
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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