Will sciatica ever go away or will it continue indefinitely? This is a common question asked by people who have suffered for weeks, months, years or even decades. Sciatica is well known as a chronic disorder and the longer it lasts, the harder it tends to be to cure. This is a fact that sends literal shivers down the spines of its victims!
Why is sciatica so persistent? Why can’t it be cured? Is there any hope at all, or is it best to simply surrender to it and accept that the pain might last forever? These questions are surely on the forefront of every patient’s mind as their suffering continues unabated.
This post provides some details about why sciatica tends to become chronic and treatment-resistant. We will also provide some important information about breaking the cycle of sciatica and finding that elusive cure so that you can get back to enjoying life without pain every day or night!
Will Sciatica Ever Go Away or Not?
Why does sciatica tend to become chronic? Sciatica is a nerve pain problem. Like many other nerve pain problems, the true source of suffering can be complicated to correctly diagnose. When the actual source of pain is not correctly identified, the symptoms will continue, even if many treatments are utilized. Remember, if a treatment is targeting the wrong cause, then logical explains clearly why it will fail…
Why is sciatica so difficult to cure? Once again, if the pain is misdiagnosed, then attempts to cure the symptoms will fail. Why do treatments fail and why does the pain become treatment-resistant? Treatments that are not directed at the right cause will always fail. How could they possibly succeed?
Why is misdiagnosis such a common problem in sciatica sufferers? Now, you are asking the right question… Let’s address it!
Misdiagnosed Sciatica Will Never Resolve
Misdiagnosis is usually the underlying reason for sciatica to become chronic and therapy-defiant. But why is misdiagnosis so commonplace?
The vast majority of sciatica is blamed on some spinal structural issue that is basically a normal part of aging. Sure, the abnormality can be imaged and evidence presented of its existence. No one is denying that the spinal structure changes as we get older. In fact, we are telling you that these changes are normal, universal and expected.
These issues range from herniated discs to spinal osteoarthritis to facet joint changes to changes in lordosis of the spine. Sometimes, less common reasons are cited as being the cause of pain, such as scoliosis or spondylolisthesis. All of these conditions can cause sciatica in rare scenarios, but typically do not. In fact, most of these conditions are rarely symptomatic at all. When symptoms do exist, they are most commonly not overly severe and will resolve organically without treatment.
In other scenarios, especially after dramatic treatment like spinal surgery fails, sciatica may be blamed on a nonspinal source like the sacroiliac joint or piriformis muscle. Once again, these can be actual cause of pain, but seldom are.
All of the above conditions act mostly as scapegoats for sciatica, with the majority of cases being blamed on degenerated and herniated discs in the lower back, which are (not coincidentally!) the greatest scapegoats for any type of chronic pain in the human body.
Will Sciatica Ever Go Away? Yes!
In our extensive experience, most cases of chronic, treatment-resistant sciatica are caused directly by ischemia, not any structural spinal problem. This is not the type of ischemia caused by a circulatory or vascular issue or blood problem. Instead, this is a purposeful deprivation of oxygen enacted by the subconscious portion of the mind. This is a mindbody disorder, not a structural one.
How do we know this is true? Well, besides for decades of clinical experience, we offer the following proof:
If the diagnosis was correct, then the many indicated sciatica treatments attempted in the past should have provided a cure, but they all failed.
When ceasing physical treatment (regardless of what type) and beginning knowledge therapy, the vast majority of chronic sciatica sufferers fully recover, even though the treatment does nothing to address their diagnosed structural issues.
Finally, the symptoms of most cases of sciatica are not consistent with the diagnoses that typically accompany them. Sure, on the surface they seem plausible, but when examining he symptoms from an expert POV, the expressed symptomology is always far too wide-ranging to ever possibly come from the diagnosed issue. This is a point that seems to elude even the most enlightened caregivers, who continue to make incorrect diagnosis after incorrect diagnosis when the clinical evidence should have made them see their mistake the first time around.