Mindbody Connection to Sciatica

My chronic sciatica began 4 years ago. I had gone through a very difficult separation and divorce, and much loss that had me reeling emotionally. It took me 5 years to finally get back on my feet in a new town where I knew virtually no one. My grown kids visited occasionally, but I was basically completely alone, other than having my 2 granddaughters over now and then for weekend visits.

I'll never forget when the first pain hit me: I was working out in a gym when I felt a ping in my leg, followed by tingling. I eased up on my workout, but eventually it became so painful that I gave it up altogether. My doctor referred me to an orthopedic specialist, who told me my hips were out of alignment and prescribed Cymbalta. This drug made me feel jittery and high. After researching it, I made the decision to discontinue use. My doctor then suggested chiropractic care, which is really the only care I've received. It has given me some relief, but I still suffer so.

I am now remarried and travel the country with my husband, wherever his work takes him. We have been "on the road" since January. In 2 weeks, I'm going "home" to stay for the winter, which is at the other end of the country. My plan is to find a family doctor there (finally!) and hopefully begin some type of treatment. I moved there a few months ago, after our marriage.

My life has changed dramatically in the past 5 years, and with change always comes some stress. Wondering if anyone can shed light on the mindbody sciatica pain connection? I did have a recent MRI which came back normal, except for arthritis at L5. The pain in my left hip, radiating down my left leg and into my feet, is miserable. My left leg has become weak. I use Motrin, Flexiril, ice, heat and an inversion table. I am miserable daily. I never knew anything could hurt so badly. I am absolutely miserable.

- Patti

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