If you've ever had sciatica pain, it's safe to assume you're no stranger to the unique brand of misery and potential debilitation that it brings. I've experienced sciatica pain prior to experiencing pregnancy, but growing a human being inside my body definitely intensified that pain. So, and since misery loves company, I thought I'd ask others to describe what sciatica pain actually feels like.
I can safely say I've felt variations of sciatica pain, both pregnancy-related and not. In my experience, they're all their own unique brand of hell. Perhaps the worst, however, is the sharp, stabbing, ice-pic-through-my-hip-joint pain. This particularly excruciating experience is generally sudden, which definitely makes matters worse. It will take me off guard and cause me to lose my balance to the point I'm stumbling or outright falling to the floor. This is the sciatica pain that keeps me up at night, because forget trying to sleep through it. No position is even tolerable, let alone comfortable. No matter the stretches I attempt or the pregnancy support belts I've worn, nothing helps this pain subside.
If you're asking yourself, "What is the big deal? It's just some hip pain," then you have clearly never felt sciatica pain. But if you can imagine a long, sharp, pointy scalpel inching its way between the ball and socket of your hip joint and then slowly, but consistently, attempting to pry your hip apart from your body, you'll begin to get an idea of the pain the following people were kind enough to describe: