BPS #049: How Do I Stop My Sciatica From Coming Back?

Today, we are going to talk about how do I stop my sciatica from coming back? But before that, I want you to ask you guys if you have a similar problem like I have. I’m on vacation right now. I have my beautiful wife here, Linda, and my two kids and still you know, there’s always this small work-related stuff that comes up and it’s hard to just focus and leave all of that.

So I actually did something yesterday. We have this dollar store here in the town I live. So I went in and I got this mug. Do you see that? Number one dad? Of course, I’m not the number one dad of all times, but I keep this on my desk to just keep me focused you know, that I need to spend time on the stuff that’s really important to me, my family, and not just do the work-related stuff. So that’s a little tip for you, whatever works for you.

Okay, back to today’s story. Today, I’m going to talk about Frank. Frank is this 30-year-old carpenter. He has had back pain and sciatica for almost three years off and on you know, depending on what he was doing.

Some days, it was really bad. He had this knife feeling in his buttock, radiating down his left leg. It was quite painful, but some days, it was quite good and it didn’t really follow any rules at all.

It could have been a day when he worked really hard doing carpentry and he didn’t really feel any pain. And then he could have like vacation for a week or something like that and it’d flared up.

So he was very confused because there was really no logic behind his pain, according to him. Internally, he was feeling he was this big strong man. Growing up in high school, he did all kinds of sports so he’s a big guy, you know, did a lot of weights.

But the thing was that when he had this sciatica, at work doing carpentry, he couldn’t do all the stuff he needed to do. He couldn’t do all the heavy lifting and all of that stuff so inside, he felt less of a man. Like he wasn’t manly enough.

Also he was trying to maybe switch jobs you know, to find some other occupation that didn’t put as much stress on his back, but he had this – he was dyslectic. So he was very afraid of like going back to school and studying stuff because he had problems with this dyslectic stuff.

Then again if you see like externally, what he was doing okay, he was working hard. He was working really hard at doing the carpentry and he was requested to be a partner in a new company that started up.

So he jumped on that so that even put more stress on his back. He needed to put in the hours and then to make things even more stressful, he had twins. So the twins were just born. He started his company and he was doing some renovations at home as well, just all the stuff was just getting too much for him.

Then one day at work, he actually fell down from a ladder. I don’t know the height but he injured himself quite badly. He had a concussion. He also dislocated his right shoulder, I think, it was.

Yeah, that was it, but the funny thing or the strange thing was after a few weeks, after the fall, his back pain disappeared and he didn’t have any sciatica anymore. That was very, very strange, right?

He was grateful, of course, for this and growing up, Frank had been very religious. But as the years went, after when he finished school and moved out, he never really went back to church, but he absolutely saw this fall as a blessing. He didn’t feel any back pain. He didn’t feel any sciatica. It was really, really strange, but he was very grateful.

He was asking me, when he came to me, he asked me. He had this conflict inside. He was asking me “What can I do to make sure that my back pain and sciatica doesn’t come back?”

That’s a common question I get and it’s quite easy. You need to think about your posture. You need to spend time with your posture, not sitting bent over too much. You need to stand up straight and all that.

You also need to exercise regularly. One of the best things you can do is walk. Walk everyday 40 minutes at least. Also, when you’re lifting, lift safe you know. You’re bending your knees. You’re not bending your back too much, not twisting too much.

Avoid sitting for too long you know. We live in a society now where we sit almost constantly. We sit in the car to work. We sit in our little box at the office. So we come home. We’re sitting on our couch. We’re always sitting.

So you need to stand up a bit more and then also, what the posture when you’re sleeping you know, make sure you have a good bed with a good mattress there.

Him being religious, I told him you know, you need to pray. Put in some prayers as well there for the sciatica not to come back. But anyway, he did this and he was very, very great grateful.

But he understood that the carpentry work wasn’t really going to be a long-term solution for him because he had this problem off and on, and he didn’t want that to come back.

So right now, he’s off painkillers. He’s working 8 hours doing construction work, and he’s also walking every day, which is great. But the thing is he came back and he wanted more. He came back more to get a strategy. Not so much exercise and stuff but what he needed to do in the future to not have the back pain come back.

So he’s actually going back to school. He’s studying. He’s going to become an architect you know and do that and that’s going to reduce the risk for him to have this sciatica back.

It’s going put a lot of less stress on his back, but he’s struggling right now. He’s putting in the hours, especially him being dyslectic as well. It’s hard for him to study but he’s doing it, and I definitely think he’s going to succeed. I wish him all the best.

Okay, guys. That’s it for today. Take care. I love you and tomorrow, I have a bit of a surprise for you, but I’m not going to spoil that for you right now.

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Robin BackPainExpert

Physiotherapists & Back Pain Expert

Twenty years ago I was lucky to survive a serious hockey injury. In a sport where big men zoomaround on hard ice and solid wood sticks are slung furiously, a difficult back injury is what every player fears.
It took a long time for me to climb back to a normal life. But when I did, I was determined to spend the rest of his life helping back pain victims everywhere.
As a physiotherapist and back pain expert I have treated thousands of patients over 20 years, built a respected back pain clinic, created the site BackPainSecrets.Com and authored the book “Back Pain Secrets.”
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