Sciatica… in your arms?

SCIATICA: Shooting pain can make it difficult to stand up.

Most of us are familiar with sciatica, when the discs in the lower spine (specifically L3) get compressed and start to press onto the sciatic nerve. This causes pain and tingling in the leg and buttock as well as leg weakness and pain into the foot.
In fact, sciatica is often used as a ‘catch all’ term to describe all kinds of nerve issues coming from the lower back.
Symptoms include:
•    Pain in the buttocks or leg, often worse when sitting
•    Burning, tingling or ‘pins and needles’ down the leg
•    Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
•    A constant pain on one side
•    Shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up.
So while real, true sciatica is only from disc L3 in your lower back we can get a host of similar symptoms from other discs. So the same problem, pressure on the nerve, elsewhere in the spine causes these sciatica-like symptoms elsewhere in your body:
Nerve pain symptoms:
•    Painful tingling or ‘pins and needles’ sensation in the hands, wrists and elbows
•    Pain moves or jumps from side to side
•    Pain feels sharp or searing rather than a dull ache
•    Feels like ‘electric shocks’ along arms or legs.
•    Pain doesn’t ease with massage or treatment where you feel the pain
•    Weakness or shaking
•    Shortness of breath or chest pains
•    Dizziness or headaches.
Nerve problems and their symptoms are often incorrectly diagnosed and treated. A thorough, clinical and physical assessment is vital. 952 883 151

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