If you suffer from sciatica, you may have to take time off work due to debilitating low back and leg pain. That’s exactly what happened to Olivia Newton-John, who postponed her May 2017 performances due to a sciatica flare up.
A statement posted on the star’s official Facebook page said, “We are so sorry to announce that the Olivia concerts scheduled for May will be postponed due to a bad issue with Olivia's sciatica.”
In a separate Facebook post, Newton-John expressed disappointment at having to postpone the shows, but that the symptoms would not allow her to perform. “I have had a long running issue with sciatica,” she wrote. “I need to take this time to rest and deal with this very painful condition.”
Sciatica’s hallmark symptoms of intense low back and leg pain make it among the most well-known spinal problems. People who have sciatica often describe their pain as electric-like as it runs from the buttock down the back of the thigh and down to the foot. Moving your legs often makes the pain even worse, so performing for hours as Newton-John would have during her concerts may have greatly intensified her pain.
Newton-John’s decision to take time to address her sciatica is a good example for anyone who lives with severe low back and leg pain. Avoiding activities that aggravate your sciatica and focusing on gentle activities and other therapies go a long way to reduce your pain.
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Update: Olivia Newton-John announced that she has breast cancer that has metastasized to her spine. Click her to learn more.