When discs herniate in the lower back, they put pressure on the sciatic nerve which runs through the legs. The resultant pain spreads from the lower back to the legs, including the toes. Patients who suffer from sciatica often find it difficult to walk, sit or stand for long periods of time.
The foremost symptom of sciatica is radiating pain from the lower back to the buttocks or legs. The symptoms associated with that are:
- The pain feels like an electric shock
- The intensity of the pain varies from being mild to excruciating
- Coughing and sneezing increases the pain
- Sitting for a long time makes the pain worse
- Affected leg may get numbness or tingling like sensation