Numb Butt? Here are 5 Sciatica Nerve Pain Facts

Last updated: May 20, 2021

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Richard Honaker M.D.
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If you have experienced a numb butt and leg after sitting for any extended period, there may be an underlying health issue. Your numb butt may be the result of sciatica nerve pain, but the diagnosis doesn’t end there.

For many, walking around a bit can easily relieve the numb tingly sensation in their butt and leg. However, for those who experience sciatica nerve pain, and the numbness and tingling, the pain will not be relieved by a quick stretch and stroll around the office.

Did you know that 40 percent of people will experience sciatica nerve pain to some degree?

That’s right, sciatica nerve pain is pretty common, but interestingly not commonly discussed. Sciatica nerve pain is also misunderstood. Sciatica is not a condition, but a symptom of a number of conditions.

1. What does sciatica nerve pain feel like?

The pain associated with this common symptom commonly begins in your lower back and spreads throughout your legs, buttocks, calf, thigh and foot. This happens when your nerves become injured, thus causing sciatica.

Let’s dive into a few other sciatica nerve pain facts that dispel the myth of sciatica being a condition or injury, and rather a symptom.

2. Sciatica Nerve Pain Occurs in Many Places

This is an important fact, because many people think that if the pain doesn’t stretch from lower back to foot, it isn’t sciatica. But this is not true. The pain can actually be localized. You can experience pain in just your lower back, or it can spread all the way to you calf, just short of the foot.

3. It Can Happen to Anyone

Sciatica nerve pain can present in professional athletes, as well as office workers who are not extremely active. One common misconception is that the pain occurs after an injury. However, this symptom can also present in someone who simply isn’t sitting well in his or her chair at work.

4. Sciatica Nerve Pain is Different for Everyone

A very important fact to understand about sciatica is that it can present in different ways. It may be painful for some with a sharp pain. Some people may only experience numbness and tingling. Others may just have muscle weakness. It truly does serve up different experiences for different people.

5. What Kind of Doctor Should I Consult for Sciatica?

If you are experiencing pain, numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness in your lower back, legs, butt, thigh, calf, or foot, you may consider your sciatica as the source of discomfort. But what kind of doctor should you consult? What is the treatment for nerve pain?

Musculoskeletal specialists are the doctors of choice when it comes to this symptom. If you have been feeling discomfort for more than three days, it is time to talk to a specialist. They will be able to assess and determine what is causing your pain.

Remember, sciatica nerve pain is a symptom, and finding out the cause of that pain is important. Always discuss discomfort and pain with a doctor. Our doctors are standing by to answer all your questions via our free Dr. Chat. Simply click the button below to connect with a specialist today.

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Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker:

Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. If you require specific advice, please consult one of our medical professionals through the app. However, in case of an emergency, please call 911.

About Richard Honaker M.D.

Dr. Richard Honaker has over 40 years of experience as a primary care physician specializing in several different areas of medicine. He is able to provide expert case review and analysis for insurance and workers compensation cases as well as providing online medical consultations as the Chief Medical Advisor for Your Doctors Online.

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