Manifestations of neuralgia of the sciatic nerve may vary in their severity. For someone this disease can occur with intense pain, and some - unexpressed pain, but over time symptoms may worsen.
Usually, the pain of sciatica most often celebrated with one hand. And depending on the level of the nerve roots of the lumbar plexus, the pain can be in the buttock, and give to the lower leg, foot or toes. In addition to pain may also occur numbness or tingling feeling.
Among the manifestations of sciatic nerve:
Pain in the back of the legs, which increases a patient in a sitting position.
Burning or tingling in the lower leg.
Weakness, numbness or difficulty in movement in her leg.
Constant pain in the back of the leg.
Shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand.
Note that for sciatic nerve pain in the back may be accompanied by pain in his leg, but it is not as strong as the pain in his leg.
In addition, the manifestations of sciatica depends on what level is the defeat of the nerve roots.
The majority of patients with leg pain may be aggravated by coughing, sneezing, laughing. In addition to the pain of sciatica and marked muscle weakness. The sciatic nerve innervates most of the muscles of the lower extremity. In the popliteal fossa it divides into the tibial and peroneal nerves.
Sciatica - a syndrome because it can occur under various conditions. So, before you provide treatment, the doctor discovers the cause of pain. To do this, and conducted diagnostic studies.
At present, the simplest and most common method of diagnosis is radiography. It allows you to see the presence of degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, and some other causes of sciatica. However, to see a herniated disc does not allow X-rays.
The most exact cause of pain in the lower extremities may help identify such modern methods such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.
If you have previously had a malignant tumor, or if you suffer from HIV, or you for a long time taking steroids, your doctor may prescribe radioisotope scanning of the spine.
In addition, the physician conducts mandatory and neurological examination - to check reflexes in the lower limb tapping hammer, and the determination of skin sensitivity. This study also allows us to estimate the level of damage to the nervous system.