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Ten ways to know your back pain is Sciatica.
July 29, 2019
Updated April 2022
In this post, Dr Temitope Olayinka advises how to tell if the excruciating back pain you have is due to Sciatica – and when to be thinking of something else.
Sciatica refers to a condition caused mostly by compression of the Sciatic nerve.
Compression (or pressure) to the Sciatic nerve results in pain and abnormal sensations such as tingling, or burning and numbness along the distribution of the Sciatic nerve.
Compression to the S
Symptoms of Sciatica can range from mild to severe and can really be a scary experience for people affected with this condition.
It can also affect men and women of varying ages.
Although Sciatica often presents as lower back pain, not every back pain is S
Other more dangerous conditions can present as back pain – Cord compression, Fracture of the spinal bones, Cancer etc.
Sciatica may sometimes resolve or settle on its own.
However, it is important to visit your doctor to rule out other more serious conditions and receive treatment for troublesome symptoms.
Usually pain medications are required to control the pain from Sciatica.
Other things you can do to improve your symptoms include:
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Edited by AskAwayHealth Team
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