Sciatica usually starts with a lower back strain or pain.
At first, the pain may be confined to the back, but if the sciatic nerve is pinched or irritated, shooting or burning pains may extend down a leg and develop anywhere along its pathway, that is worsened by coughing, sneezing, or bending, muscle weakness in the buttock, thigh, lower leg, or foot.
Sciatica usually lasts from a few days to several weeks, and then gradually disappears.
Sometimes, however, it becomes chronic, and can cause other problems, including numbness and tingling in the lower leg, a loss of knee nerve reflexes, loss of bowel or bladder control, and sexual dysfunction.
Who is at risk: Anyone who suffers lower back pain, a back injury, or a herniated disk can develop sciatica, a type of nerve pain.
Also vulnerable are persons who are overweight or sedentary, or whose
jobs entail a lot of sitting, standing in one place, or lifting of