Lower back pain that travels to your buttock and down the back of each leg is the calling card of sciatica. You may feel pain at any point along the sciatic nerve, but this is the most common path of sciatica pain. Typically, just one leg and side of the body is affected, but could be both sides at once.
Sciatica pain falls on a wide spectrum, from mild aches, to sharp burning sensations, to unbearable pain requiring consistent sciatica pain management. In severe cases, the pain can feel like an electric shock, exacerbated when you sneeze or from sitting for long periods of time.
Some people also experience numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected leg, and sometimes a combination of the three in different areas of the legs and back.
If you experience any of the following sciatica symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately:
Trouble controlling bowel or bladder functions
Weakness in the affected leg
Loss of feeling in the affected leg
Sudden, severe pains in your lower back