One of the claims to fame of the sciatic nerve is that it happens to be the longest nerve in the body. It runs all the way down from the stomach to the feet. It also lends its name to this painful illness that occurs when the sciatic nerve is subject to significant pressure of some irritation. Fortunately, it is usually a short-lived complaint. Most sufferers experience relief within a few weeks although in rarer cases it can continue for over a year.
The individual's experience of sciatica pain varies. Some of them describe it as a mild pain, but others get it in a much more severe form. They also might experience feelings of numbness or a tingling sensation that runs down the leg to the foot. If they get this feeling in both legs or find they have lost control over bowel movements, they should immediately seek medical assistance.