Understanding Sciatica



Why Do I Have Sciatica? – The Art Of Asking The Right Question.

As you all might know by now, I had been dealing with discomfort in my back for quite a while, before I had my sciatic flare up. I am an “If I’m not dying, I’m fine” kind of girl, but that quickly changed.

The life changing event of when you are not in control of your body is probably is one of the scariest things to ever go through. Waking up and not being able to lay your leg straight due to the grueling pain is a life changing experience.

I was on the internet at 5am in the morning looking up “how to straighten your leg when you are in a lot of pain?” I had no clue what I was going through, I did not know what to search for. The next morning I was limping around the office. My girl friend came up to me and asked what was wrong. After telling me the story, she shared the information she had gained through her experience.

Pills-TabletsDoing Your Research On Sciatica.

That day I made an appointment with my doctor to find out why I was in so much pain and how to treat it. I suggested sciatica, telling her about the conversation I had just had with my friend. Her immediate response was to prescribe me an anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxer to help the disk ease into place.

Why do we keep referring to sciatica as if it was a diagnosis?

There are many reasons why you might have sciatic pain. Being knowledgeable of the actual diagnosis might give you the ability to pin point how to treat the problem. More often than not, you are being told the answer is sciatica, without knowing why you have the sciatic pain to begin with.

Today we are going to talk about the more popular reasons of why someone would have sciatic pain, so that you can ask the right questions when you visit your doctor.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

  • Lumbar – lower back
  • Spinal – Spine
  • Stenosis – narrowing


Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is when the open spaces within your spine are narrowing. As a result, your spine rubs together or against your spinal nerve causing an unbelievable amount of pain.

Clues to look our for are:

  • pain relief when you sit down or lay down
  • relief when flexing forward, brought back when you return to the upright position


  • Spondylo – Spine
  • Listhesis – Slip or slide

This is when one of the bones in your spine slips out of place; forward or over the bone below it. When this happens, it can create an awful pain from the bone putting pressure on your sciatic nerve root.

Reasons  are :

  • Trauma
  • Birth
  • Physical stress

Back-PainDegenerative Disc

  • Degenerative meaning – over time or progressive

Our everyday movements take a toll on our back. Your spine eventually wears down, it does not require anything extraordinary to happen.

As children our discs are mainly made of water, keeping a nice cushion between each bone. As we grow older, that disc breaks down and can even crack.

Herniated Disc Or Bulging Disc

When the soft core of a disc in your spine bulges through the thick outer wall. That soft core then presses against your nerve root. This is extremely painful, not only because the inside of your disc is touching your sciatic nerve, but the inside of that disc contains an acid which will cause even more irritation and inflammation.

Why Do I have Sciatic Pain?

The right questions can make the difference from a lifetime of pain or a pain free lifestyle.

I have Spondylisthesis. Knowing this doesn’t solve my problems, I have to work everyday to relieve the pain of sciatica. But, having this knowledge gives me the power to take control of my condition.

My goal is to make sure you are knowledgeable of the possibilities, so that you can dig deeper when you visit your doctor. Had I known my possibilities, I could have focused on getting the relief I needed sooner.

The following are questions I would asked my doctor, if I had the ability to do it all over again.

  • What is the reason for my sciatica?
  • What does ______ mean?
  • Is _____ treatable?
  • What could have caused ___________ and how could I have prevented it?
  • Can you tell if the incident was recent?
  • What are my options to treat ________ ?
  • Am I able to treat _____ without surgery?
  • Would acupuncture help or treat _____?
  • Is ______ something I am going to have to deal with my whole life?
  • What exercises should I do?
  • What exercises shouldn’t I do?
  • How do I prevent pain?
  • What will help me prevent the pain?


(2) Comments

  1. Thabo says:

    Hey Delanee

    What you mentioned in this post is what I similarly went through. I never had sciatica pain but I had clogged arteries and the doctors could not tell me what it was.

    To make it worse, when I mentioned I had clogged heart arteries they said I am too young for this. My research online was enough and the knowledge was there ,it was just that the doctors said that I was wrong.
    I learnt to cure myself and infact I am helping others who might have the same problem.
    I only wished I had found out your information early because I would have attended to the problem even earlier. The problem was that I felt pain before the clogging but never cared because I was also like you I said “If I am not dying, Im fine”. This sentence alone made my condition get worse.

    Thanx for sharing your story and information about sciatica

    1. It is a terrible feeling let down! I think what you did was amazing and the fact that you are going on to tell people your story and help them, kudos to you! If we help even a little bit, it makes a difference! Keep up the great work!

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