BPS #060 Is Sciatica A Lifelong Condition

Welcome back, guys. So today, we’re going to talk about, is sciatica a life-long condition, okay? And as always, I have today’s story and today’s story is about Tara. She’s a patient that I treated a year back. Tara is 31 years old. She’s female and she lives in the UK.

I was treating her over my Skype call. I do Skype calls with patients all over the world, and she was one of them. So she’s a dancer, Tara, okay, and she usually dances four to five times a week. She’s been doing this consistently for like 20 years, okay?

That’s just her identity. She identifies herself as a dancer. Two years back, she was doing some exercise, some twists in the dance, and she felt like radiation like someone basically put a knife in her back. Since then she has had recurring episodes of sciatica and lower back pain. It comes and goes.

A year back, she had an MRI and the MRI showed she had a slipped disc on level L5-S1, okay? So she has a condition. It’s in black and white, but she’s doing her dancing and she’s trying to just live life.

But whenever she’s twisting and turning, and also, most times when she’s doing the dancing, the pain increases. So internally guys, internally, Tara was freaking out because she could dance, but whenever she did dance, the pain increased.

And the dance, like I told you before, was the only thing that really held her. She used dance to release stress. She used dance to meet people. She used dance to make her body strong.

All of these things, it’s not accomplished anymore, because she can’t do the dance. When she dances, she’s not doing it the way she wants to do. She’s really, really stressed inside.

Externally guys, externally, and you guys that are dancers and have danced a lot, you know that a lot of dancers, they have a lot of pain. A lot of these people that are dancing quite a lot have all kinds of injuries, but they’re just used to the pain and some people take pills for it. But they’re used to take quite a bit of pain.

But this time, Tara couldn’t take the pain. It was just this radiation feeding down her leg you know, in her buttocks, and also it felt like more less like lava was running down her leg.

So she felt like she can’t do this anymore. She has to make a switch in her life and just do something different. And then something else happened like life. Always in life, usually when something bad happens, there’s always like two or three things more that happen in a row, okay?

That’s a good life lesson that I’ve taken to heart and teach everyone, especially when something bad happens, there’s always one or two things that happen just after that. So be prepared for that guys.

Anyway, the stuff that happened to Tara was that Tara had an office job and she had like this sitting and standing desk and she had like kind of free work hours and stuff. So the work wasn’t really putting too much strain on her back, but what happened was that the company needed to downsize so she got laid off, okay?

She got laid off and she was panicking because she needed to make money, right? So what she did she took a job working with elderly people in an elderly home and in the job description, she needed to do quite a bit of lifting you know, twisting and turning, moving the elderly people around in bed, and walk, train with them and stuff.

This put a lot of stress on her back, a lot of stress. It was so bad that she needed to take painkillers daily, and she had a very big, big problem sleeping. The radiation that went down her leg wasn’t just radiation anymore. She could actually feel like a weakness in her leg, like she couldn’t really have control over her leg.

So she was really, really panicking about this and didn’t really know what to do. Then one night, she was in bed, and her big dream for her entire life had been to like work as a professional dancer, but she never really had what it took to become a professional but she loved it.

So the next best thing was to become a dance teacher and she had that thought for a few years, but she never really got her ass to do it. She just like postponed everything. I’ll do that someday. I’ll do that someday.

So she woke up in the middle of the night, and she had this epiphany. She just said I need to become a dance teacher. I need to do this now. I’m 31 years old. If I don’t do it now, it’s never going to happen.

She had this back pain and she was very, very frightened, but she felt like she needed to do this for herself. So the next morning, what she did, she went to the bank. She took out all of her savings. It wasn’t a lot but it was a few thousand pounds there. So she took out all of her money and she applied to this dance teacher school.

So she paid all the money and she put an ad into the paper to get in a roommate as well, to reduce her costs, okay? This was a big move for her because even if she’s doing the dance teaching stuff you know, her back at the moment, was in so much — it was in bad shape.

Even though if she took the course, it wasn’t really 100% sure that she was going to be able to teach, to work as a teacher, as a dance teacher, because you have to show moves and stuff as well.

She was taking a big, big chance. So the achievement Tara has made right now, okay, and this is like the life lesson in here. Tara was under a lot of stress before this, and it got worse when she got fired from her work.

But in order for Tara to have a chance to have the life she wanted to, to reduce her pain and work with something she wanted to, she put on more stress. She took out all of her money, all of the security from the bank she had, she took that out.

She applied it to a course, a dance-teaching course, and the back was so bad that she didn’t really know if she could work as a dance teacher, but she just did it.

She also took in a roommate and she made big changes in her life and she put a lot of extra stress in her life. But a lot of times guys, this is the way it is in life. In order to achieve something, to reduce your pain or reach a goal, or whatever it is you know, most often you need to put more stress on yourself for a short period of time to get through this in order to reach the big goal, okay?

This is exactly what she did, but if you’re there now, if you’re listening to this and you have back pain, you have sciatica, you don’t really know what to do, or let me rephrase that.

You know what you need to do, internally. You know it in your heart and in your head. But you’re afraid. You’re afraid of the change you need to do, the changes, the economics of it, what your friends are going to think about you, and your pain level.

All of that. That’s fear, okay? And that’s very normal, but eventually, you’re going to need to do what you know is right for you, to make this change. And if you fail, that’s fine, but you’ve tried it, okay?

So I’m going to give you permission guys. If you’re listening to this, if you’re on the edge, and you know the stuff that you need to do, but you’re hesitative, you’re afraid, I give you permission. Just do it, okay? Just do it and if it fails, make the corrections afterwards. That’s the life lesson here.

So anyway, the transformation Tara has done now, it’s been like, I don’t know. Like three-four months. I talked to her the last time, and for the last three months, three or four months, the pain in her lower back and the radiation has reduced 50%. She’s working right now, 50% as a dance teacher for kids and she’s loving it.

The back is holding up. That’s good, and she took on another job, 50% as a meter maid, one of these people that walk around giving car tickets when they park in the wrong spot.

That’s an excellent job for you, man. Anyone that has a back pain or sciatica or need to move around, walk around, that’s an excellent job. You just have to make sure that people don’t scream too much at you because it’s kind of hectic that way, but just from an ergonomic work environment, if you have back pain, that’s an excellent job.

Guys, also, I want to like end this with the big thing. I get a lot of like feedback from people on email, on skype, on the social networks that I’m giving people sh**t because they need to have this forty-minute walk. Every morning, you need to have a forty-minute walk if you have back pain, sciatica, and you’ve had it for a long period of time.

A lot of people you know, having back pain and sciatica isn’t about doing a million different things. It’s doing one thing, really good, and the first thing, the first thing you should do, before you do anything, get a pair of shoes. And the first thing in the morning when you roll out of bed, you go for this forty-minute walk.

Do that for like two to three months and the big chance is that 80% of you guys listening to this, 80% of you guys listening to this, your pain is going to reduce like at least with 50-60%.

But you need to do it seven days a week, and that’s why I’m preaching this stuff day in and day out. I’m going to continue to preach this stuff with the walking until you’re listening, because most of you guys that are listening to this, you’re not doing it. You might do it two or three times a week, but you need to do it seven days a week, for a long period of time.

Just keep on walking, okay? And I’m doing this because I love you. I want you to reduce your back pain, reduce your sciatica, but if you’re not doing it, okay, and you’re just listening to the information you’re getting but not taking action, well that’s on you.

I can just give you the tools and it’s very easy. Walking doesn’t cost you anything. A pair of walking shoes, that’s what you need. Set your alarm for 40 minutes. Go up, 40 minutes before you used to go up.

It’s going to be worth it. Take care guys. I love you.

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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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