Fibromyalgia and sciatica pain: can one affect the other?

Sciatica pain and fibromyalgia often coexist in the same person, but may require different treatments and pain control options.

Fibromyalgia itself is known to cause pain in various regions of the body. Many of us who live with fibromyalgia can also have secondary diagnoses when symptoms overlap with other conditions. As complex as fibromyalgia is, we do not want to miss other conditions that may need separate attention.

Sciatica is one of the most common conditions to coexist with fibromyalgia. In this case, one condition does not necessarily cause the other … they can simply exist together, but in any case, all patients with fibromyalgia should know what the pain of sciatica is about.

Pain around the bones 
(piriformis syndrome)

Some people with sciatic pain often report pain around the hips, buttocks and legs. You could take some type of research from your assistant therapist to find out exactly what you are dealing with.

You can also have piriformis syndrome. This can occur when the pyriform muscles of the buttocks irritate the sciatic nerve. All the suggestions here and in the other articles on pain will apply to both syndromes.

Try to be as consistent as possible with very gentle stretches and grips. Never stretch too much or too fast. I often say that “conventional stretching is not always appropriate with fibromyalgia.” Some of these are shown in the hip flexor article.

Understand the pain of sciatica

Sciatica is a medical condition that produces pain along the sciatic nerve. For most people, pain starts on one side of the buttocks and travels down the back of the leg. In some cases, other symptoms may occur in the leg, including:

  • Shudder
  • Burning
  • Numbness
  • Weakness

These symptoms can reach the toes of some people, while in others they are limited to higher portions of the leg. The condition is often caused by a slipped disc or other physical condition that causes pain in the nerves.

When suffering from fibromyalgia, professionals may not find any physical reason for the pain. The symptoms are the same, but the most common causes do not seem to be responsible for the pain.

How to treat the pain of sciatica

Try to take the less invasive approach here. Natural pain control if necessary, consume foods that contain natural anti-inflammatory components and alleviate any aggravating factor such as various activities of daily living. Also consider adding the following treatment options:

  • Physical therapy
  • Natural anti-inflammatory injections (joint holistic doctor)
  • Massage Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Biofeedback to relieve pain
  • Boswelia (anti-inflammatory supplement that is a natural inhibitor of cox-2)

It is a good idea to avoid any activity of daily life, such as bending or cleaning on the floor if there are symptoms. When there is a slipped disc or other physical explanation for pain, surgery may be recommended.

For people with fibromyalgia who do not have a clear reason for pain, it is likely that this option does not apply. As with many other forms of fibromyalgia pain, you may be left with pain control, massage, biofeedback, and other   natural treatments  that fight inflammation and pain throughout the body.

Sciatica and trigger points

Sciatica can also be triggered from long-term trigger points around the buttocks or lower back. Trauma or injuries in the surrounding areas can cause activation points in this area to activate. Areas of trigger points are not uncommon due to everyday activities such as sitting, bending or weakening.

As I often say, those of us with fibromyalgia can be sensitive to the injections that are given to the body. This area around the buttocks can be very sensitive and, in turn, can cause pain around the muscles of the buttocks and lower back. If you have sciatica, you may need to avoid injections in this area.

Additional natural treatment options

You may find that the best treatments for the pain of sciatica fibromyalgia involve your lifestyle. If you find that pain is more likely to occur when you sit for long periods of time, invest in a standing desk or an exercise table.

It can also help maintain a weekly exercise routine that includes low to medium impact cardio workouts, energy healing and specific strength training for people with fibro. As I often say, (and yes, I understand) “we can spend the rest of our lives desynchronizing our bodies, or we can spend the rest of our lives reconditioning our bodies” because this is not a race. Consistency is the key here. This will help us to better tolerate the ups and downs of the symptoms of fibromyalgia and fibroalveolar flares.

If your back, buttocks or legs have been hurting more than usual, at least consult a doctor or a specialist familiar with sciatica and fibromyalgia. Your problem may be caused by a slipped disc or other problem that may not have anything to do with your fibromyalgia. A specialist can help you determine a different cause while creating a treatment plan that relieves some of the pain, stiffness and general discomfort.

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