“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance” – Jeff Rich
At this age of technology where information is on our fingertips, you would think people would use that information wisely. Especially when suffering from chronic pain like sciatica or any other illness.
However, it seems, we’re not. And here’s why.
Dr. Google and Self-Diagnosis
Medical advice float around the web in abundance. You can find several articles on any given condition (spare a few). This is a blessing. But this lavishness comes with a hidden curse.
We rely too much on internet search results.
When a nagging back pain appears and wouldn’t go away, what do you do? Here’s a shocking result we found. An online survey done in U.K showed a staggering 78% of participants swapped medical advice for internet articles. This is dangerous. Many of us have become too reliant on web info. As a result, we’ve become blind to our own wellness.
When you’re suffering from chronic pain like sciatica, this carelessness can be cataclysmic.
Dangers of treating Sciatica with lightness
Sciatica is a painful symptom that you can experience in your lower back, buttocks, hips, thighs, legs, and feet. Leg sensations can also be tingling, numbness or weakness. Sciatica is not the name of a condition or diagnosis, it’s the pain that arises from the sciatic nerve.
The most common cause behind this kind of pain is nerve compression at the spine.
So, let’s get one thing right. We’re talking about the spine here. This should by itself, be a good enough reason why you shouldn’t take things lightly. But instead, seek medical expertise ASAP.
Risking permanent damage
In most cases, sciatic nerve problems can be resolved within a short time, even within weeks with conservative intervention. And sometimes it even heals naturally. Wearable therapy aids like compression wraps can improve this recovery time and make it easy to stay active in day-to-day life.
But then there are two classes of sciatic nerve conditions that can have a long-lasting impact on your health. In both cases, you may or may not need surgery, but lack of medical intervention and expert care can permanently damage the nerve and its function which may lead to permanent symptoms.
Sciatica is caused due to a condition of the largest nerve in your body – the sciatic nerve. At any rate, a condition that involves nerve should be taken seriously. By being careless or using self-diagnosis, you run a high risk of lasting nerve damage.
Lasting limb numbness
In some cases, you may experience numbness in the affected limb. This will affect your mobility. When ignored, you can end up with a much bigger problem than the initial pain.
Cauda equina syndrome
Cauda equina syndrome is a condition that requires emergency treatment. In addition, symptoms include severe lower-back pain with loss of bladder and bowel control.
Other symptoms like burning, tingling, or numbness, and muscle weakness in the legs may also develop overnight within a short period.
Be savvy about sciatica
The point is, in most cases, sciatica can be dealt with fairly simple and timely diagnosis. If you’re experiencing sciatica, ignorance can hugely complicate things and cause unnecessary permanent damage.
Online articles (including ours) are for informational purposes only. They can help to prepare you and tell you what to expect.
To wrap up, with timely medical treatment and effective pain relief, you should be able to recover from your sciatic nerve condition within a short time and carry on with life as usual.
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