WHY DOES SCIATICA LAST SO LONG ?
Busy professional parents, does this sound familiar to you?
You are running around taking care of everyone without spending time for yourself. Your life is based on how to take care of others and helping them with their problems. You neglect yourself and forget that you can you have issues too. Although this is the case, you still try your best to be more disciplined and improve your health. Unfortunately, you look around and everyone is doing so well and you are the one that still suffers. Still that old boring lower back pain or nerve pain that never seems to go away. If you can relate to this, let me shed some light on what might be happening in this situation...
First we have to understand what sciatica pain is… Sciatica is the compression or the irritation of the sciatic nerve that runs down your lower back, through the buttock and all the way down the leg.
Symptoms vary from person to person and they are usually dull, achy, burning, numbness, tingling or sharp-shooting. Often people will also mention muscular weakness.
The nerve is irritated mainly because of inflammation, loss of alignment or motion in the spine that injures the squidgy disc in between the movable bones.
So, what we often see is that many people tend to leave their pain to one side and let it ‘’just disappear’’. This pattern of thinking can continue for months or even years.
If you are someone who is suffering you might found yourself saying something like “it will go away on its own, it’s gone away before, it went away last time”.
You might feel better, but the reason you do is your body compensates for irritation on the nerve. You might find yourself constantly moving around to try get comfortable going from standing, sitting or lying down to alleviate the pain.
Which works, but only temporarily.
The problem with this is it won’t just disappear on its own.
But, more and more people are finding ways to treat the underlying cause of the pain, rather than the symptoms. In Sciatica terms what’s causing the irritation on the sciatic nerve.
Marlene came in with lumbar spinal stenosis like most people when starting to feel the pain spoke to her GP, was given medication painkillers, which only got stronger over time, which then led to physio. When that was unsuccessful that led to injections with the next step being surgery, discectomy.
There are a couple of things you can do to help you when you are suffering from sciatica.
Try to find the cause of your sciatica, this will help you manage it the best.
When you are sleeping, put a pillow between your legs, this may help to take puts pressure on your lower back and nerves and align the spine.
Increase your intake of anti-inflammatory foods such as: (turmeric, ginger, leafy greens, avocado and extra-virgin olive oil) and decrease the inflammatory foods which are processed meats, red meat, trans fats, fried food, vegetable oil and refined flour products.
A few great questions to ask yourself is ‘How long have you already suffered ? What have you already tried ? How successful was it ?
Sciatica is a symptom that has been haunting millions of people around the U.K. It is a frustrating and debilitating condition that stops you from walking, sleeping, running, sitting, picking up your children and other normal activities.
If you have been dealing with this for longer than you need to, check our guide on 6 ways to relieve sciatica pain or join our webinar on ''Managing Sciatica and Lower Back Pain Safely and Effectively'' on demand.
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