Patient Comments: Sciatica - Symptoms

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Please describe your sciatica pain and associated symptoms. Where did the pain start? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Teddy V. , 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 14

After I have been walking steadily for 5 minutes or so I get a slight ache in my buttock, which quickly develops into a severe pain at the bottom of my left leg. This goes into the ankle with which the muscle at the lower part of my leg basically ceases up. I have to stop walking. Strolling slowly around has no effect. I'm told I have piriformis syndrome which causes the sciatica.

Comment from: Dee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I have sciatica pain in my right leg from buttocks all the way down. When I use the restroom I feel like I am jumping out of my skin and it makes it feel worse. Right now it is so numb to where it is going to the private area on one side. I don’t even feel wiping myself.

Comment from: Sioux, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

My sciatica pain started in my buttock, then lower back going down to behind the knee. The knee was so hard to move around on. I even had pain in my ankle. After weeks of muscle relaxers and pain medicines everything is gone, but every once in a while I still get a sharp bad pain in my buttock.

Comment from: ANNA, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

My symptoms started 2 years ago. My late mother was ill. She went to the toilet and then she told me she can’t get up. So I helped her up. As I picked her up she collapsed in my arms. Sadly, she passed on in my arms. Two weeks after she passed on, my leg went lame. Then I started to fall as my leg just was weak. I went to an orthopedic doctor who sent me for an MRI. It shows my back got hurt. Now they say there is nothing they can do for me. I am in pain and can’t bend my knee. I joined a gym but it is painful. I am so tired of this sciatica pain.

Comment from: Geogirl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I was about 4 months pregnant and I was sitting on the floor, bent my legs to stand up and the most intense pain radiated from my hip down the back of my leg. I sat there in pain for a few minutes before I forced myself to get up. I spent the weekend on the couch, then waddled around for two weeks after that. The intense pain faded after about two weeks, but I had sciatica pain until the end of the pregnancy.

Comment from: Jeanie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

My sciatica pain started on the left leg travelling to the right leg and now in the middle of back.

Comment from: JJJ160 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

The sciatica pain started in the hip, then traveled to the left buttock, then about half way down the back of the thigh.

Comment from: mike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 22

I was involved in a motor vehicle accident a little over 3 years ago. I broke my hip and that beat up my sciatic nerve and gave me nerve damage in my lower left leg and foot. I also have foot drop and pretty much the same symptoms of diabetic nerve pain in my left foot.

Comment from: Paige, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

We had a flood at work and I fell badly on my back whilst helping to clean up. Hours later, I found I could barely walk, sit down or even stand. The pain radiates from my lower left back all the way down my inner thigh, the back of my leg to my toes. The pain is especially more intense and excruciating by the end of the day. The pain feels like a pinched/trapped nerve. At times the leg feels very heavy with tingling sensation. I have a very high threshold of pain but the other day I almost cried. I enjoy power walking in the mornings but I"m too scared to go walking now.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

My last experience with sciatica nerve pain was so intense I thought I would lose my mind. I went to hospital by ambulance. They gave me a shot 2 Motrin and discharged me. I could not walk and I was alone. The pain was in my back, groin, and down my thigh in the front. That"s the worst pain, I"d rather have 100 babies. I had to bend like a U in order to make it to a cab and to my apartment. I’m still in pain and cannot stand up straight. My thigh is still numb.

Comment from: lemonella, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I bent over to remove some articles of clothing from my luggage and after a popping sound in the back, a sharp pain quickly ran up my inner thigh. It felt as though I had been kicked. Since that time I have had this excruciating pain in the back of my thigh radiating up to and through the buttocks. It is difficult to walk without bending over thus putting more pressure on the right side. This pain has lasted for a week. This is the second time I have had this pain just from bending over, and yes I know the proper way to lift, etc. Time to see the doctor again. Acetaminophen is not getting the job done.

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Comment from: jan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

My symptoms started after a hike in the snow. I was a little stiff and then did a 140 step stair climb twice. After that I started to get sharp electric pains in my inner thigh and throbbing from my hip down to my ankle on the right side. I tried acupuncture and physiotherapy and finally after a year I had an MRI to find that my disks were starting to show osteoarthritis. It has been 18 months now. I have had chiropractors, acupuncture and osteopaths work on me. I still cannot sleep at night without pills and meds. I stopped taking ibuprofen after I ended up with hemorrhoid problems due to constipation caused from it.

Comment from: Adriane T., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I had sciatica over a year ago. At the time the pain was totally unbearable. I took pain medications, physical therapy and nothing helped until I went for acupuncture therapy. I took 24 treatments (twice a week for 12 weeks) and the pain was totally cured. The first 3-4 treatments showed no results. Then, little by little, the pain left my toes, then my calf, then my thigh, then my buttocks. Each time the doctor would ask me where the pain was, and as it moved, he would re-position the needles. This was the best treatment ever!

Comment from: Mike, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

I have had bouts with sciatica for a few years. Sitting on a hard floor and stretching helped, and an inversion machine helped the most. But 3 months ago I had a total knee replacement and no matter what I do now the pain doesn't want to go away very long. There is no pain in my back, just in the lower outer most part of my hip and part way down the leg.

Comment from: lory, Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I have sciatica, I feel too much pain in the back of my knee and the blood is clotted. I wonder if it is a symptom of sciatica.

Comment from: ExcellentLady3245, Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I have lower back pain and it aggravates me to stand for a long period of time and the sciatica gets worse as the day goes on.

Comment from: Louise, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

My sciatica pain starts behind my thighs and slightly above my waist.

Comment from: Pam, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I have sciatic pain in my buttock, and shooting pain down right leg.

Comment from: satyam, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 09

For the last 10 days I have developed mild pain from hip down to thigh to leg. MRI reveals L5 S1 bulge thereby pressurizing the sciatic nerve.

Comment from: Mama Judy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

My sciatica began slowly, and for no apparent reason. Although I'm 72, I am still active, and have a very high threshold for pain. Well, this sciatica pain has brought me to my knees; sometimes, literally. I have found that mornings are the worst; almost every day, I sit on the side of the bed and cry when it's time to get up. The pain killers I take work for a while, but wear off too quickly, and I'm afraid to take more than I do already. Tomorrow, my pain management doctor is giving me a shot, under a general anesthetic, and I hope it works! I don't want to spend the last years of my life crying!

Comment from: Lee2831, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I was lying on my left side of my body when I started to get this intense pain in my chest and in my back. I could barely speak. It felt like I was having a heart attack, the pain was horrible. Then I started to get nauseous and lightheaded and tired. I hate when sciatica attack happens.

Comment from: bell, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

Well, I had this sciatica pain for long time and my feet are numb and burning and the back of my leg hurts. The pain runs up down the leg. When I was in my 20s I did a lot things moving stuff, now that I am older, I do walk but it hurts. I can’t stand long I have to sit down. I will see the doctor but I know it is the lower back.

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Comment from: RedLady03, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I just came from the orthopedic doctor who is sending me to a back doctor. I thought it was a hip problem, but doctor says it sounds like my lower back and possibly a pinched nerve associated with the sciatica. My legs go numb especially when I drive. The pain is horrible. When I stand for long periods of time I ache from my waist down. I have shooting back pain and numb feet when I sit in a chair. I want this fixed soon.

Comment from: Nannyof10, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

The pain started in my lower back, then went to my left thigh and down my left leg. It felt like someone was touching my left leg with a stun gun. I was so bad it felt like I was going to fall if I didn't sit down. It hurt to sit down, stand up, lay down or walk. I went to the emergency room and all they said was that I had acute low back pain.

Comment from: danimalhanke, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I have arthritis in my left hip, and I take diclofenac for the pain. But the sciatica is a different pain. It starts out in the low back/buttock on my left side. When I get this it lays me up. On a scale of 10 it’s definitely a 10. I cannot stand, sit, or lay down. Thank goodness I have a job where I can sit down in my truck. If I had this pain and worked as a laborer I'd have call in sick and wouldn't be able to do my job. After a couple of days the pain settles in around the hip socket but is no less painful.

Comment from: Damayanthi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I have been having this sciatica pain for the last 8 years. It initiated 5 years ago on a regular base. Today, I find it difficult to walk long distance. Unfortunately I am not economically in a stable condition. I have three children from age 8, 7, and six. I have to attend to them daily. I need to have a second opinion, if a therapy would work out or a surgery is needed.

Comment from: Davida, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

After 2 hours travelling in our camper with bucket type seat, I was aching in my left buttock. Then I was struck stiff, in excruciating pain from butt to knee with acute burning. I couldn't sit, stand or lie down. I drove 2 hours home and went to emergency hospital early hours. The doctor bent my knee to see if pain was worse but it eased! He said I had pulled a back muscle. I spent 1st day in agony then tried lying on back, lifting bent legs up to chest with arms around them, crossing alternate legs; sitting on edge of chair, raising leg and stretching foot toward body. I took paracetamol with caffeine, put cold freeze gel on the muscle area in buttocks and cool pack at regular intervals. Three days on and I still have some pain but nowhere near that agony I had at start. Friend tells me I need to 'flatten' the seat.

Comment from: cmichon, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I was injured in major car accident in 2000, the back of my neck. My collar bone was broken, as were a couple of ribs, and the lower back just had me out of the normal; lots of pain. Pain that makes me have nausea and no desire to move or wanting to go to bathroom but afraid to get up fear of more pain.

Comment from: linda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

My sciatic nerve pain is in my left leg, hip to ankle and it’s so much pain, I don’t have a doctor right now and ibuprofen doesn’t work.

Comment from: MCCALL333, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I had back surgery last year, but I am still having problems with pain in the buttocks and legs. Pain pill does not seem to be helping now.

Comment from: Doug Plumb, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 20

I believe that I have sciatica after reading about it online and talking with my general physician about symptoms. I had this same pain when I was a kid until I was about 24. At 24 I started swimming every day and was in great shape. Never a back pain. I quit swimming when I was 37. Now at 49 I'm getting the pain back. I'll try swimming again.

Comment from: Bella, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I ended up in emergency room with pain in my hip and leg. I could not walk or move without pain. The doctor gave me anti-inflammatory, pain and muscle relaxer pills. It helped but then my foot started hurting and now my right hip.

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Comment from: sal, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I have sharp pain in the thigh and down the leg.

Comment from: subha, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I had severe unbearable pain in my thigh as well as hip. The pain was aggravated by walking. It hurt so much that I was limping. I was not able to get up out of bed. I was not able to change positions when I slept. Sitting would cause me to have sharp shooting pains down my leg.

Comment from: tony, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

The pain is in my buttocks radiating down to my feet. I have tingling, numbness, and pain beyond what I have ever felt. I can't stand in lines for a long time or walk for more than three blocks.

Comment from: Barbara, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

My pain started in my lower back on the right side and moves to my hip, groin area and down by right leg. It hurts to walk. The pain was unbearable at first. They found a pinched nerve in my groin area and did a nerve block, which did not help. Next I had an LSE epidural injection in my back between the spinal sac and the bony wall of the spine.

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