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Sciatica is a medical condition that causes pain in the lower extremities, and in some cases, other parts of the body, resulting from inflammation or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Typically, pain is experienced in the lower back area and behind the thigh. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, running from the lower back through the gluteus and down the lower limb. People who suffer from sciatica describe the pain as burning or tingling, but it can also be sharp in nature. The good news is that sciatica often resolves on its own after a short period of time. Here are ten symptoms of sciatica:

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1. Lower Back Pain

Pain in the lower back is often the first symptom that people with sciatica report. This pain is often characterized as deep and radiating, although it can also appear as a tingling sensation. The pain is caused by the spinal disc herniation pressing on one of the sacral nerve roots. This is the root cause in over 90% of the cases. In rare cases, other factors are to blame. Treatment for this symptom often involves pain medications. Most of the time, the condition will resolve on its own without further medical intervention.

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