Sciatica and lower back pain are a painful issue for many people, with about 10% of the population suffering from it around the world. In the USA, it is estimated that 80% of the population are experiencing back pain, which is the reason for the growing number of painkiller addicts. Doctors prescribe opioid drugs easily for back pain and knowing this fact, it’s no wonder there are so many drugs overdoses. According to studies, opioid drug overdose will soon result in more death than cocaine or heroin overdose. If you’re suffering from back pain and/or depression, there is an increased chance for opioid addiction.

Back pain accompanied by depression increases the risk of drug abuse or addiction

A scientific study published in the Medical News Today included 50 people with chronic lower back pain that also had symptoms of anxiety or depression. For six months, patients were given oxycodone, morphine or a placebo therapy for the pain. People who were suffering from depression or anxiety along with the pain experienced severe side effects and got fewer positive effects from the drugs. They also had a tendency to abuse them.

Compared to the people with low levels of anxiety or depression along the lower back pain they had a 75% more opioid abuse and 50% of the improvement the other patients had. The scientists say that this is crucial to diagnose the symptoms of anxiety or depression before prescribing any painkillers for lower back pain.

Some triggers that lead to back pain

Knowing the cause for any back pain will help in easing the pain and preventing a similar situation next time. Many people think that some move caused the pain, but back pain is usually caused by copulation, alcohol abuse, fatigue, etc. In cases of chronic back pain, sport injuries are the main cause, along with physical inactivity and poor posture. Identifying the trigger is helpful, but not the most important factor for resolving and preventing back pain.

What to do when pain occurs?

The most important thing to do when the pain strikes is to relax. Put some ice on the affected area. Chiropractic care and acupuncture can help.

Before jumping to painkillers right from the start, try some natural anti-inflammatory remedies like curcumin, boswelia and ginger. You also need to work on your emotions. Anxiety and depression can interfere with the healing process, so the pain might be linked to your inability to solve the emotional problems you’re dealing with.

The brain and emotions are important for the pain. The central nervous system memorizes the pain that goes on for longer than a couple of minutes. This ability of the nervous system makes the pain occur again even when the injury is healed. Some techniques, like the emotional freedom technique (EFT), can be very helpful in these cases. The video below will help you learn about EFT and how to use it.

Dealing with sciatic nerve pain

The sciatic pain is very common these days. When the sciatic nerve is pinched sciatica occurs. This is a specific pain going from the buttocks to the thigh.

This pain can be relieved with certain stretching exercises. The sciatic nerve passes through the piriformis muscle. When this muscle is tightened, it affects the sciatic nerve and this causes pain, tingling and numbness. Stretching focused on the piriformis muscle can relieve the sciatic pain, but there are various exercises which can bring you relief. The video below describes a 60-second daily stretching routine focused on sciatic pain.

Avoiding sitting is one of the things to do when dealing with back pain

A proper sitting posture can help a lot of people avoid pain in the shoulders, neck and back. However, it’s best to refrain from sitting.

Spending more time standing might bring severe back pain in the start. But, after the initial painful shock, the pain will gradually disappear. An hour or two daily spent sitting is ideal.

Some people stand all the time using a special cushioned grounding pad at work and at home. People with a desk job must find a stand-up desk solution which will keep their bodies healthy. Watch the video below to learn about this practice. There’s plenty of evidence that seating for an hour without any breaks can cause serious health problems like back pain and sciatic nerve pain.

Experts believe that the human body is designed for continuous movement and physical activity like walking or standing. So, when you’re sitting for a longer time and are active only with your fingers, you will experience serious problems.