Sunday, 18 May 2008

Back Pain. All In The Mind?


I have read that back pain can cause depression and stress and depression and stress can cause back pain. I do feel stress has a part to play but how much?

Certainly I wasn't depressed before I got back and sciatic pain but I did feel stressed....

I did get very "down" and felt hopeless when I was in a lot of pain and nothing seemed to be working....

It wasn't until I decided I just could not go on like that in pain , hardly mobile and completely not living life the way I wanted to -I really hit rock bottom. I had thought that "they" would cure me and was disillusioned and felt abandoned when "they " couldn't.

I managed to get positive again and I started researching things for myself instead of relying on others to cure me. I learnt more about my condition. I found the Lose the back pain website and when the Lose The Back Pain system I ordered started to work and I got help support and advice from them and the other people on the site through the back pain forum there I felt better, in less pain and did more to help myself and it was as much a cycle of positivity as it had been a cycle of negativity.

My MRI clearly showed the dessicated degenerative herniated discs, my body was certainly out of balance and I was able to address that through Lose the back pain, but how big a role was my mind playing in all this?

Have you heard of something called TMS or Tension Myositis Syndrome.?Dr Sarno believes that the body is producing pain because it's manifesting unresolved stress. He understands that your mind creates a real physical problem which may result in back pain affecting muscles, nerves etc.


  • Did feeling positive play a part in my recovery?
  • Can being stressed or depressed in of itself cause back pain?
  • How much do our minds play a part in gaining back pain and in recovery from back and sciatic pain?


I do not pretend to have all the answers on this issue and am interested in any thoughts or opinions you have on TMS... If you liked this post do consider joining our Facebook Page Sciatica Solutions.



Lose The Back Pain System
Lose the Back Pain, is a system of self assessments to determine what physical imbalances you may have that may be causing your pain, then specific and targeted exercises to follow to address the imbalances, along with pain reduction strategies. 

For useful information and suggestions there is a Free Back Pain Book Written by the Healthy back Institute-

7 Day Back Pain Cure
This free book (there is a small shipping/handling fee for physical book) will give you a good starting point for taking back control of your back pain covering reasons for pain, pain relief, possible treatments, action plans and many other things you will find useful.
Follow Jasmine Ann Raintree's board Back And Sciatic Pain Strategies. on Pinterest.

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Can Antidepressants Really Help Back Pain?

I read this article recently about antidepressants and back pain

http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2008/04/28/do_antidepressants_help_patients_with_back_pain/

I am not a huge fan of medication for conditions that may be helped with exercise or more natural methods. However I do keep an open mind.

Essentially this article is saying that antidepressants are not useful for people wth disc or muscular back issues but may be helpful(small to moderate) for people whose back pain occurs as a result of HIV or Shingles by helping to stop the nerves firing off.

However antidepressants also can have many side effects which need to be carefully looked into. Personally I would try other non medication methods first. Clearly always discuss your needs and particular condition(s) thoroughly with your doctor.

Many of us with back issues do get depressed but it is preferable in my humble opinion to get help to tackle the causes of the depression rather than taking meds, although I do appreciate that at times they are helpful and other times necessary.


If you are considering taking antidepressants for depression or to help with back pain do consult carefully about it and do your research. If you liked this post do consider joining our Facebook Page Sciatica Solutions.



Lose The Back Pain System
Lose the Back Pain, is a system of self assessments to determine what physical imbalances you may have that may be causing your pain, then specific and targeted exercises to follow to address the imbalances, along with pain reduction strategies. 

For useful information and suggestions there is a Free Back Pain Book Written by the Healthy back Institute-

7 Day Back Pain Cure
This free book (there is a small shipping/handling fee for physical book) will give you a good starting point for taking back control of your back pain covering reasons for pain, pain relief, possible treatments, action plans and many other things you will find useful.
Follow Jasmine Ann Raintree's board Back And Sciatic Pain Strategies. on Pinterest.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Sleeping With Sciatica?

How I treasure my sleep now I can actually sleep!!!

I did suffer badly through lack of sleep when particularly the sciatica in both of my legs would keep me awake, or wake me up through the night.

Sciatica during the day is bad but in the night it just seemed worse.

I thought you might be interested in a few hints and tips about sleeping positions for back pain and sciatica and a demonstration video, which I hope will help you .

Please click on this link to read the sleep tips


Take good care of yourself If you liked this post do consider joining our Facebook Page Sciatica Solutions.



Lose The Back Pain System
Lose the Back Pain, is a system of self assessments to determine what physical imbalances you may have that may be causing your pain, then specific and targeted exercises to follow to address the imbalances, along with pain reduction strategies. 

For useful information and suggestions there is a Free Back Pain Book Written by the Healthy back Institute-

7 Day Back Pain Cure
This free book (there is a small shipping/handling fee for physical book) will give you a good starting point for taking back control of your back pain covering reasons for pain, pain relief, possible treatments, action plans and many other things you will find useful.
Follow Jasmine Ann Raintree's board Back And Sciatic Pain Strategies. on Pinterest.