In our lives, we are sometimes faced with medical conditions that are not so severe that we end up assuming them to be a part of our body normal conditions. If you live with a condition for long, it becomes a part of you that you do not realize it sometimes. For instance, many asthmatic people live with the condition for long that it ends becoming a part of their lives. They do not see any effect of the condition in their daily activities. An example of these common health conditions that are highly ignored until they become a part of the victim’s life is sciatica, a condition that is associated with complications in the spinal cord.
Sciatica is a medical condition caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, which is the major nerve in our bodies. The condition causes sciatic nerve pain, a pain that originates from the sciatic nerve, moves down the buttocks and into one of the legs. One experiences numbness or pain on one of the legs; it does not affect both legs. The pain may last from a few seconds to a couple of minutes or to a few hours in very severe states of the condition. The symptoms of the condition vary depending on the cause and the differences in physiology among victims.
The main reason why many people ignore sciatica is the short duration of the pain. In most cases, the condition is associated with less mild pain that lasts for seconds or minutes and then stays for weeks, months or years without a repeat. This makes many victims assume the condition to be a normal operation of our bodies. Many believe it to be a normal lump caused by exhaustion of the legs muscles. Even those who know it to be a medical condition do not see the need to seek for a medical condition. They prefer to stay with the short lived pain than seek medical attention that cost take them time and money.
The plain truth is that sciatica is not a normal body operation. It is a medical condition arising from the sciatic nerve irritation, caused lumber disc herniation that directly presses on the sciatic nerve. The condition could also be caused by an inflammation of the nerve. Though the condition has a short lived pain or numbness during its early stages, lack of medical attention could cause it to develop to very severe states.