A persistent, long-lasting headache or an endlessly painful back may indicate something more serious than a bad week at the office. A new study finds that people who have major depression are more than twice as likely to have chronic pain when compared to people who have no symptoms of depression. This study could change how depression is diagnosed and treated, say Stanford School of Medicine researchers.
The question now is which comes first: the depression or the pain. "We all have a certain amount of pain," Schatzberg said. "It could be that the perception of pain is greater in depressed people." He pointed out that many people with depression reported more headache, back pain or limb pain rather than pain stemming from disease.
I was once prescribed a mild anti-depressant to treat my pain. My doctor said that he had seen it work for others to alleviate some of the pain, and would be less harmful to me than the darvocet. I always wondered if there was anything out there to back it up.
I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.