Around 10% of the population has sciatica and low back pain, and 80% of the USA population experiences these problems, leading to increased number of painkiller addicts.
Instead of physical activity, doctors usually prescribe opioid drugs, which is why the number of deaths due to drug overdose is increased.
If you suffer from back pain and depression at the same time, you have a greater chance to Opioid Addiction.
Depression Combined with Back Pain Heightens the chances of Drug Abuse or Addiction
50 chronic patients suffering from lower back with signs and symptoms of anxiety or depression were involved in a half a year study, where they have taken placebo, morphine, or oxycodone to suppress pain.
Those who already dealt with serious depression or anxiety had more intense side effects, received lesser positive effects from the medicines, and proved to have more tendencies to abuse the same.
In comparison with those with very low levels of depression or anxiety, they had half of the improvement that other participants experienced and 75% more opioid abuse.
So, before prescribing any painkillers for that kind of pain, it is of extreme importance to diagnose the symptoms of depression or anxiety.
Causes of Back Pain
Back pain is usually caused by fatigue, copulation, alcohol abuse etc.
However, the usual causes for chronic back pain are sports injuries and accidents, as well as poor posture and physical inactivity.
What to do when Back Pain appears
First thing to do is relax your mind as well as back. Ice, acupuncture, and chiropractic care can be of help too.
Before starting to use painkillers, look for some anti-inflammatory remedies like ginger, curcumin, and boswellia.
Working on your emotions can be helpful too, since the brain and emotions are important factors related to pain.
Sciatic Nerve Pain Dealing
Apparently, sciatic nerve pain is common nowadays. Sciatica appears when the lower back’s sciatic nerve is pinched. The pain begins in the buttock and continues down the thigh.
We can limit the sciatic pain with stretching exercises. The sciatic nerve passes through the piriformis muscle, and if the piriformis is too much tightened, it can have an effect on the sciatic nerve, which is numbness, tingling, and pain. Usually, stretching exercises focused on the piriformis can get rid of sciatic nerve pain.
The video below gives 60-second daily stretching exercises for sciatic pain.
Refrain from Sitting
If we keep a proper sitting posture it can definitely help us to avoid pain in neck, shoulders, and back. However, the best thing is to refrain from sitting.
Standing for a longer period can result in severe pain in the beginning, but afterwards the pain will gradually disappear. An hour or two sitting a day is ideal.
According to experts, the human body is designed for constant movement, not for intense physical activity, but for standing or walking. So, if you’re sitting and working only with your hands or fingers, expect some serious problems.