Sciatic nerve pain symptoms vary considerably, depending on the type and severity of the underlying condition. You may feel tingling, numbness, weakness, or a dull to sharp shooting pain down the thigh and leg. Typically, the pain starts slowly and affects only one side of the body at a time but it is possible to experience it on both sides as well.
Other symptoms include:
- Difficulty sitting, standing, or walking
- Worsening pain when you cough, laugh or sneeze
- Discomfort when leaning backward
- Muscle weakness
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to visit your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. Certain types of scoliosis may be more serious and require immediate action.