Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.
– Lance Armstrong
When in pain, whether it’s physical pain or emotional, it’s far too easy to lose focus and clarity. How many times when in agony, have you spent hours searching Google only to realize later that you took away nothing?
This is normal, and it happens to us all the time. At times, when we are in agony, we simply do not have the patience or attention to distinguish between facts and myths. And even facts can get distorted.
So, today, I’ll debunk the myths and present the facts so you are better prepared to deal with sciatica pain.
First, learn the basics of Sciatica Pain Relief
What is Sciatica?
“Sciatica refers to back pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve. This is a large nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg. When something injures or puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, it can cause pain in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks, and leg. Up to 90% of people recover from sciatica without surgery.”
So, we’ve cleared the first myth already. 90% chances are that you WILL NOT need surgery unless your sciatica pain is caused due to a lumbar disc herniation in which case a small open surgery known as microdiscectomy might be needed.
Several non-surgical ways can provide sciatica pain relief, such as anti-inflammatory medications, oral steroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, compression bandage, massage therapy or injections.
Top 5 Sciatica Myths vs Real Facts
- Myth: Sciatica is a Condition
Many believe and drum-up Sciatica as a condition or diagnosis. It’s NOT. Sciatica is the name given to a symptom that causes irritation to a nerve root in the lower back.
- Myth: Ignorance is bliss
One of the most popular legends is that Sciatica will just “go away”. Chances are it won’t unless you take precaution and action. If you’re experiencing prolonged back pain, buttock pain or leg pain, then you should seek medical advice immediately.
- Myth: All leg pains are sciatica
This just shows how modern men love to tag every symptom with a popular medical term. A number of things can cause leg pain. According to Mayo Clinic,
“Most leg pain results from wear and tear, overuse, or injuries in joints or bones or in muscles, ligaments, tendons or other soft tissues. Some types of leg pain can be traced to problems in your lower spine. Leg pain can also be caused by blood clots, varicose veins or poor circulation.”
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- Myth: Caused due to lifting or long flights
Dr David Spinner, director of pain medicine and endoscopic lumbar surgery, pointed out that most people tend to blame heavy lifting, long flights or some other strenuous event for their sciatica.
This is as far from the truth as it gets. Most of us, at some point in life, will experience isolated or repeated occasions of sciatica.
“80 percent of Americans have back pain or sciatica at one point or another, so it’s really part of being normal,” says Dr. Loren Fisherman, assistant clinical professor at Columbia Medical School.
- Myth: You MUST TAKE PAIN MEDICATIONS
It’s true that muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory drugs, narcotics, can provide sciatica pain relief. However overdose of pain killers can have serious side effects.
Compression bandages and wraps can significantly reduce your sciatica pain and help you carry on with day-to-day life normally.