Shes seventy-six now, so thats about a third of her life that shes been saying that. Probably longer because my brother remembers her talking about it too.
Lets start with what the sciatic nerve actually is. As this will help us better understand the sciatic nerve pain my grandmother complains about. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body, starting at the spine base and running right down through your thigh and calf muscles to your foot.
The average person has about a 40% chance of experiencing some sciatica pain throughout their lives. It might not be a chronic pain, but you could have trouble with it. Thats kind of a startling statistic until you learn that not all sciatica trouble causes pain. Sometimes its as simple as tingling in your legs or weakness in your knees.
Symptoms Of Sciatica Trouble
*Pain anywhere along the sciatic nerve in the lower back, buttock, back of the thigh, and/or calf.
*Fatigue, numbness, or loss of feeling in your legs and/or feet.
*An electric, tingling, burning, pinching, or pins-and-needles feeling
*Weakness that can cause your knees to buckle when you stand up from sitting.
*Foot drop: a condition in which you are not able to flex your ankles enough to walk on your heels.
*Reduced reflexes in your Achilles tendon and knee.
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