Sex with sciatica can be a real problem for both men and women who are affected by lower body radiculopathy.
Sciatica can be a very painful and limiting condition, making the physical demands of making love very uncomfortable and causing severe emotional issues in any intimate relationship.
This article will
provide insights on coping with chronic pain, while still maintaining
some semblance of a normal and healthy sex life.
Having sexual relations requires flexibility and the ability to move without pain or discomfort. The typical symptoms of sciatica make enjoyable sexual intimacy almost impossible, with pain, weakness and numbness creating obstacles which are difficult to overcome.
It is a real challenge to get in the mood when your body hurts and your mind is so frustrated that the pain just will not go away.
Certain positions might be particularly troublesome, for men and women alike. Couples which do manage to maintain their sex lives, despite the ravages of chronic sciatica, are often limited to a small variety of possible activities or positions.
Of course, the ideal solution to this problem is finding a lasting cure for your pain. However, we all know how difficult that can be, especially with many doctors pushing symptomatic treatment down our collective throats at every turn.
If you can not beat your sciatica, at least you might be able to still enjoy some of the pleasures of life by following these simple guidelines:
Communicate with your partner and talk openly about the problem.
Try a variety of positions to discover if any might be more comfortable and easy to perform, despite your pain.
Find alternate means of finding intimacy, including massage or even intimate conversation.
Do not get stressed out over a lack of sexual intimacy, since this will only add fuel to the fire and might even make it impossible to perform if you do get the rare opportunity to enjoy sexual time together.
Be open minded to explore new avenues of sexual expression and allow your partner the same freedom.
A wonderful sex life is a joy and also an important part of a healthy and balanced life. However, there are times when many of life’s pleasures are kept from us and we must learn to survive these times and use the experience to better us in our futures.
Given some good open dialog and some compromise, there is no reason why almost every couple can not find some happy medium when it comes to fulfilling sex, with or without sciatica.
Do not be embarrassed to talk to your doctor about this issue, as they might have some valuable suggestions to help you. If you are really having a hard time with sex while suffering from back and leg pain, you might also consider speaking to a psychological professional for guidance and support.
There is certainly no shame in this and you might just find that talking about your problem might even provide you with part of the solution to your pain.
In answer to your many questions concerning pain which comes on during sex only...
Yes, this is a very common indicator of psychosomatic sciatica and may be best treated with knowledge therapy.