I hear the same comment in so many consultations. I get to the question "any other aches & pains" and the answer's always the same. So they've all got a little bit of a nerve, getting impinged or trapped but only a little bit, and causing a little bit of intermittent pain down the leg. I'm sorry if I sound a little bit sarcastic but in most cases it's rarely sciatica that's the problem. I'm sure a lot of my colleagues would agree that it does seem to be one of the most misdiagnosed problems that we come across.
In Chinese Medicine, this type of pain running down the leg is most commonly born out of stress. Stress affects us in so many ways. It can be responsible for headaches, sore neck & shoulders, digestive problems, bloating, insomnia, and not forgetting that "little bit of sciatica".
A large number of my patients wanting treatment for their leg pain usually tell me that during treatment other aspects of their health has improved. This is because an acupuncturist will tackle the root of the problem and relieve it.
Just call us the stress busters!