How to talk to your family about your sciatic Pain: Describe Your Chronic Sciatica to Friends and Family

It is often difficult to talk to your family and friends about your chronic #pain and discomfort. If someone has never dealt with sciatica they don’t know what you are going through. Remember sciatica is a symptom of a condition not the condition it self always seek professional help to determine the cause of your #Sciatica.

From Spine Health “ How to Describe Your Chronic Sciatica to Friends and Family. No matter how long you’ve dealt with chronic sciatica, it can still be challenging to find the right words to adequately describe your symptoms. Your friends and family may want to help, but they don’t always understand what you’re going through.

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Sciatic pain can radiate into your leg, buttock, and foot.
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Sciatic Nerve and Sciatica

Here are some tips to help you talk about your experience in a way that sparks a positive connection with those who care about you.

Read Chronic Pain As a Disease: Why Does It Still Hurt?

Use common experiences to describe sciatica symptoms

When experiencing chronic pain, we often describe it with terms like “terrible” or “awful.” Other times we might pick a number on a scale from 1 to 10.

Both approaches have their place, but it’s helpful to describe how you’re feeling in relation to common experiences because most people have never struggled with the physical and emotional effects of chronic sciatica.

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Here are some examples:

  • “My leg feels like I am standing in freezing water.”
  • “The pain in my calf feels like a throbbing toothache.”
  • “The sensation in my foot feels like it is asleep, combined with a sharp muscle cramp.”
  • “The discomfort in my buttock feels like pins and needles or an electric shock.”
  • “The weakness in my leg feels like I was in a boat for several hours and just stepped on dry land.”
  • “My loneliness or isolation feels like it’s the first day of school and I don’t know anybody.”

See Leg Pain and Numbness: What Might These Symptoms Mean?

Not all cases of chronic sciatica are similar, so if these examples aren’t relevant to you try brainstorming other common experiences that mimic how you’re feeling.

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Bring a loved one to your next medical appointment

The shared experience of a medical appointment can help friends and family better understand and sympathize with your chronic sciatica for several reasons:

  • Most medical professionals are skilled at describing symptoms
  • A description of your symptoms from an authoritative source can validate what you’re going through
  • Loved ones will see how hard you’re working to get back to your old self

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Assume friends and family mean well

The lack of visible chronic sciatica symptoms can lead to a variety of frustrating experiences:

  • A family member declares you’ve made a full recovery following a high-functioning day
  • A friend announces they have found a “miracle” cure for your sciatica symptoms
  • A loved one mistakes your happy demeanor for a lack of pain or discomfort

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Taking the time to help a loved one better understand your chronic sciatica will make it more likely that you’ll avoid these frustrating experiences. You might also find that the road is easier with a sympathetic traveling companion.”

Watch: Invisible Diseases: Thriving With Chronic Pain Video

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Sciatica Causes

Types of Sciatic Nerve Pain

I often get asked about Sleep. What Happens to Your Body When You Don’t Sleep

Young man in pose#Sleep is good for us we all know that. Many of us struggle making sleep a priority and this may be livable for a few days, but over time when your body doesn’t get enough sleep it increase the likelihood of type two #diabetes, high blood pressure, weight gain, heart disease, #memory problems (short and long Term), concentration difficulties, and increased #stress.

Spine Health has a great article if you want more information.

https://www.spine-health.com/blog/what-happens-your-body-when-you-dont-sleep

I often get asked: How Much Water Do I Need to Drink?

MineralwasserWell #spine health has come up with a great article to explain this. Drinking #water helps with many health conditions and may even help keep your low back in shape and healthy. Are you getting enough water daily?  The recommended daily fluid intake is 3 liters for men and 2.2 liters (roughly 8 cups) for women. See the full Spine Health article for more information and tips on drinking more water.

https://www.spine-health.com/blog/how-much-water-do-i-need-drink

Weekly Quick tips 04/03/2017: Neck Pain, Low Back and SI Joint Dysfunction and Sleep Tips

Weekly Facebook Posts: Great information from Spine health

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A #stiffneck is typically characterized by soreness and restricted movement. Find out what causes a stiff neck and what should be done to remedy the situation.

http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/neck-pain/stiff-neck-causes-symptoms-and-treatment

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Learn about the symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction—a commonly overlooked cause of #lowerbackpain.

http://www.spine-health.com/blog/understanding-sacroiliac-joint-dysfunction-and-pain

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#Chronicpain can make falling asleep a struggle. Avoid these 3 common practices for a more restful night’s sleep.

http://www.spine-health.com/blog/3-common-sleep-mistake

It is all about the quality of life. Chiropractors can help with neck stiffness, Low back pain and improve quality of sleep here are three great articles from spine health to tell you all about it.

News Letter Mahler Family Chiropractic Center – April 2017

dreamstime_xl_18739699Minimize Back Pain at Work: Six Ways

Lower back pain can throw a major wrench into your busy work day. To help minimize back pain at the office, try incorporating a few of these tips into your workday!

  1. Wear supportive footwear when standing. Avoid regularly wearing high-heeled shoes, which can affect the body’s center of gravity and negatively impact back support and posture. When standing for long periods of time, propping a leg up on a foot rest, wearing supportive shoe orthotics, or placing a rubber mat on the floor can improve comfort.
  2. Create ergonomic physical environments and workspaces. Undue strain will be placed on the spine unless the office chair, desk, keyboard, and computer screen, etc., are correctly positioned. Some considerations when creating an ergonomic workspace include choosing the surface height for the desk (standing, sitting, or semi-seated) best for the height of the individual worker and the task to be performed, adjusting the seat of the office chair so that the work surface is “elbow high,” and adjusting the computer screen where the gaze naturally focuses.
  3. Lift heavy objects correctly. Even if you’re young and strong, you can still injure your lower back if you lift a heavy object incorrectly. When lifting, be sure to bend at the hips—not the low back—and push the chest out, pointing forward. In this position, the back muscles will be used most effectively for maintaining good posture, as they are designed to do. The knees will also bend automatically so the muscles of the legs and hips will produce the power for lifting correctly.
  4. Practice good posture. Spending most the day sitting down can cause us to develop poor habits like sitting on the edge of the chair or hunching forward toward the computer screen. These poor posture habits overstretch your spinal ligaments and place stress on back muscles and spinal discs. To help minimize back pain, sit with your shoulders tall and your head level over your spine. Try to keep your back flush against your office chair, and place your feet flat against the floor. If you can’t reach the floor, a footrest is a great option. Avoid clenching your muscles or adopting an unnatural, stiff posture. The structures in the spine are designed for movement and any limitation in motion over a long period creates more pain and a cycle of less motion and more pain.
  5. Apply cold therapy. If your lower back pain flares-up at work, cold therapy may promptly alleviate your symptoms with minimal side effects. The benefits of cold therapy include reducing inflammation, numbing sore tissues, and decreasing tissue damage from injury. There are numerous discreet options for achieving these benefits, including disposable cold packs and a frozen water bottle. Just be sure to avoid direct contact between the cold source and your skin to prevent ice burn and limit the application of cold therapy to 20 minutes at a time.
  6. Speak with your boss. If you find that your pain is interfering with your day-to-day responsibilities, alert your boss of the situation. She or he may be able to provide you with special accommodations, such as an ergonomic chair or adjusted duties that require less sitting throughout the day. All the above advice may not completely solve your back-pain problems at the office, but it may can provide a little relief throughout the day.

http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/ergonomics/ergonomics-ofice-and-workplace-overview

http://www.spine-health.com/doctor/chiropractor/paul-r-mahler-kingston-pa 

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Cervical Nerve Functions

dreamstime_xl_19355064If you ever wanted to under stand how neck injuries can affect your life spine health just put out a great article on the spinal nerves and what they affect. It is a great way to understand your spinal injures better. The more you understand the better you can manage your condition. Chiropractors have a high success level of removing mechanical impact to these nerves restoring your quality of life. Consult with your #chiropractor today.

<img src=”http://b.scorecardresearch.com/p?c1=2&c2=18767362&cv=2.0&cj=1″ /> Cervical Nerves In addition to the seven cervical vertebrae, cervical anatomy features eight cervical nerve roots (C1-C8) that branch from the spinal cord and control motor and sensory abilities for different parts of the body

How to Get to #Sleep and Stay Asleep: 11 tip video

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Watch this short video from spine health on sleep. It highlights many of the suggestions I give to my patients about sleeping and sleeping with low back and neck pain. Sleep is one of the most important activities and is not just to rest the body but also to rejuvenate the mind. he suggestion about keeping cool is a good one and also finding 15 min. a day to relax and deal with your stress.

Go to Spine-Health.com to view the video

How #stress triggers pain

Neck and hip jointStress can often be hard to manage and it can be the cause of your neck and back pain or it can magnify your neck or back pain. “Stress-induced neck pain is defined as pain that is either triggered or worsened by psychological or emotional factors.” Spine Health gives Six tips for dealing with stress induced neck pain in there article. 

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Knew this one was coming soon: “The Latest Cause of Neck Pain: #Pokémon Go”

dreamstime_xl_18568027The latest in a series of how technology can lead to pain when body Bio-mechanics are not properly understood. Spine-Health has a great article on Text Neck and how to avoid Pokémon Go injuries. First it was how we read our books, then it was our computer monitors and their locations, and now it is our smart phones. It just goes to show you that proper spinal hygiene is an ongoing responsibility see your chiropractor today.

 

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#SpinalHygiene

By: Dr. Paul R. Mahler

read an in-depth article at Spine-Health

Cold #Laser Therapy #Pain Management Treatment

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Pain Relief and Cold Laser

Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and is thought to help accelerate the healing process. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions in order to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms and increase functionality.

Low-Impact #AerobicExercise

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“Along with specific back exercises, aerobic exercise that increases the heart rate for a sustained period is very beneficial for helping back problems. Aerobic exercise increases the flow of blood and nutrients to back structures which supports healing, and can decrease the stiffness in the back and joints that lead to back pain. While many patients with back pain are able to participate in vigorous exercise like running or step aerobics, others find it easier to engage in low-impact exercise, which does not jar the spine.”

Sleeping and #Sciatica Tips

The symptoms of sciatica are present at the most inconvenient times. Sciatic doesn’t care if you need to sleep or drive to work. It can create a burning in the leg pins and needles in the foot or just pain. Youdreamstime_xl_26305744 are often glad just to fall asleep for a few minutes.

There are several ways that you may find relief from the symptoms and fall asleep and stay asleep.

1: Bend your knees slightly. When your sciatica flairs up often one of the five nerves are being compressed and this may take the pressure off of the nerve by relieving the pressure on the lumbar discs. Try different positions and often a pillow under the knees may help.

2: Sometimes a warm bath before bed may help by promoting the production of endorphins which fight pain. I caution you here if he pains gets worse or returns within an hour the bath is increasing inflammation and ice may work better for you discontinue the warm baths.

3: Consider ditching the box spring. The box spring is often the worst part of your mattress system. You can test this out by putting the mattress on the floor for a week or more and if this improves your sleep invest in a platform bed frame. You will often find this more supportive and I recommend it to most of my patients.

 

By: Dr. Paul R. Mahler

Mahler Family #Chiropractic Center

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Could Bone Spurs be Causing your #Headache?

#Headaches are a major problem for many patients but they can often be very complex in ther cause and cure. They are often managed with over the counter medications but this is not allwdreamstime_xl_48989184ays the best way to deal with chronic or prolonged headaches. Many of your chronic headaches often have bio-mechanical causes stemming from the musculo-skeletal system and these headaches are often best controlled and treated through simple gentle chiropractic care .

One such headache may be caused by bone spurs in the neck.

Over 50% of patients age of 60 and over have osteophytes also known as bone spurs, somewhere in their bodies. Osteophytes in the spine are more common the older we get and may not be a cause for concern unless they result in pain or neurological symptoms.

Cervical osteophytes or bone spurs that grow on any of the  vertebra in cervical spine, also referred to as the neck. may be found from the 7th cervical vertebra to the base of the skull to the base of the neck (C1 – C7 vertebrae). It is these osteophytes that may be responsible for a patients headaches.

To find out more read the article on spine health, Cervical Osteophytes: bone spurs in the neck.

DJD what is it? #Degenerative joint Disease

 Watch this video to better understand #Degenerative joint Disease #DJD.

Chiropractic Techniques Why so Many

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#Chiropractic is a large and varied profession. There are at lest 100 different types of chiropractic adjusting techniques used world wide. The typically, chiropractor utilize 8 to 10 different techniques in there practice. It is in this way that chiropractors can approach many different problems.

All chiropractors uses these different approaches to with similar intents in mind. The universal goal of most chiropractic care is to restore or to improve joint function, with the end result of resolving joint inflammation and reducing pain. Some chiropractic techniques use minimal directed force often referred to as spinal manipulation, while others spinal mobilization, a series of gentle force procedures designed to free up the joints so they move on there own.

Diversified technique or the high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust is one of chiropractic more traditional forms of adjusting the spine. Newer approaches typically are variation from an existing technique and as they evolve they are often often named after the Doctor who developed that particular approach.

For more information on the different techniques visit the article, Understanding Spinal Manipulation.