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Trapped nerve in back

I think I may have a trapped nerve in my back. I had a few 'jolts' of the sciatic nerve after pulling a heavy case on holiday. Pain now gone but I woke up with an odd numbness (mainly on my right foot and bottom of leg - like when you have sat on your foot for too long). It seems to have eased a little but is still there - I can walk normally it just feels odd. What do you think?

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The answer

It certainly sounds like you did some minor damage to your back. The symptoms you describe sound like those associated with the sciatic nerve. A visit to your GP is probably best so he can check that all is well. He may want to give you some medication to help any internal swelling or get you scanned. However these injuries usually sort themselves out in time.

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