Could Your Back Pain Be SCIATICA?

Customarily, back pain is more likely experienced at the age of 30 and above. And recently, I have been experiencing back pains especially at the lower back. As the term itself, it’s really painful and uncomfortable.




But what are the factors that gives a higher risk of developing back pain? (Well, other than being pregnant, if you are.)

1- stressful job/strenuous physical work
2- inactive/sluggish lifestyle
3- depression/anxiety
4- obesity/overweight
5- unproper, strenuous physical exercise
6- poor posture


Among these, I can possibly relate mine to numbers 2, 3, 4 and 6. Hmm… Maybe the 2nd and 6th are on top of the reasons why I have back pains. Yeah, I have a sedentary lifestyle. I do not exercise as before. I usually lay in bed and rest on my free time. And with that, I feel more tired always. And 6th, yes, because I usually adopt hunched sitting position when using computers which really can result in increased back and shoulder problems.


The BIG question is, could your back pain be SCIATICA? So, what is SCIATICA?


sciatica meaning

by Google


Symptoms (from

  • lower back pain that extends through the hip and buttock and down one leg
  • pain usually affects only one leg and may get worse when you sit, cough, or sneeze
  • leg may also feel numb, weak, or tingly at times
  • symptoms of tend to appear suddenly and can last for days or weeks


Causes of Sciatica (from

  • Herniated Disc – sometimes referred to as a slipped disc; occurs when the soft inner core of the disc leaks out, or herniates, through the fibrous outer core and irritates the contiguous nerve root
  • Degenerative Disc Disease – occurs with aging; weakened disc
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis – occurs when a small stress fracture allows one vertebral body to slip forward on another
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis – narrowing of the spinal canal; again, this is relative to aging (common in adults over age 60)
  • Piriformis syndrome – The sciatic nerve can get irritated as it runs under the piriformis muscle in the buttock. If the piriformis muscle irritates or pinches a nerve root that comprises the sciatic nerve, it can cause sciatica-type pain.
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction – Irritation of the sacroiliac joint—located at the bottom of the spine—can also irritate the L5 nerve, which lies on top of the sacroiliac joint, causing sciatica-type pain.


The terms could be very technical, yet, the explanations are easy to understand.


It’s scary that we might think of our back pains are  just simple cases, but unknowingly, these could be advanced cases such as this sciatica. I have been addicted recently to watching chiropractic in YouTube that is where I encountered knowing sciatica.


A week from now, I’ll be having our company’s annual physical exam. I hope there’s nothing serious with this back pain. Well, honestly, I am afraid and praying that I don’t have it.


So, as of now, what I can do and I can advice to you guys is to exercise regularly but remember not to overly do it or make it too exhausting. Maybe stretching and some jogging will do. There are also some easy-to-follow exercises or dance / Zumba in YouTube that you may use as guide. And of course, even we are living in the computer era, let us always remember to have a good posture.


If you have an extra budget, you can also have a good massage. It also soothes back pain somehow. It helps increase blood circulation and muscle relaxation.


Let’s all be mindful of our health. Remember, WE ARE NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER. 🙂



Ginataang Bilo-Bilo (Sticky Rice Balls in Coconut Milk)



Ginataang Bilo-Bilo or Sticky Rice Balls in Coconut Milk is a popular dessert/merienda in the Philippines. In our province (Quezon), we also call it as “Pinaltok”. This is very easy to cook, here’s how:



1 cup Sago

2 cups Gata (Coconut Milk)

2 cups Water

3 cups Glutinous Rice + 1 1/2 cups Water (Form into Rice Balls)


1 Sweet Potato (cubed)

3 Saba (Plantain) (cubed)

1 cup Langka (Jackfruit)

1 cup Sugar



1- Prepare the rice balls by combining glutinous rice and water until a dough is formed.

2- Shape the dough into small balls. Set aside.

3- In a large pot, combine 1 cup of coconut milk and water. Stir occasionally.

4- Upon boiling, drop the rice balls.

5- When the dough starts to float, add the sweet potatoes and wait until half-cooked.

6- Add the bananas/plantain and cook for 5 minutes.

7- Add the langka/jackfruit, 1 cup coconut milk, sago and sugar.

8- Cook for another 5 minutes or until sauce is thick.

9- Best served when hot.


Enjoy! 🙂



My #IpanemaWithStarck Sandals…Yay!

By the last week of March, Ipanema has launched their new collection called “IPANEMA WITH STARCK”. I was lucky to be a part of the mentioned media launch.


Click here to see the details of the event and the overview of Ipanema with Starck collection: Ipanema with Starck Footwear Collection


After the event, tokens were given to the bloggers and media. They were very generous. I’m so happy with what they gave!




It consists of Ipanema EcoBag, Ipanema with Starck hardbound notebook and most of all, a gift certificate worth of Php 2,000! Wooo! 🙂


I thought right away which design I would like to have…




After a week, my colleague accompanied me to the nearest BAMBU store near our office in BGC, Taguig to claim the “free” flipflops/sandals of my choice among the collection.


And fitting my personal choice:




According to one of the Bambu staffs, there is only one pair for each size and each design per store. Lucky I am that I got the right size for the type I want! 🙂


Here’s a closer look of my choice which costs Php 1,895 (If I am not mistaken. Haha!).



It’s sooo GORGEOUS! The sandals is light-weight and the color is really stunning! It’s perfect for beach or even for casual attires. I have used it along with a casual dress (during dress-down) at the office.


I would like to thank Ipanema and Fuentes Manila for this very useful and beautiful “gift”. I would also want to thank the Bambu staffs in BGC for being so kind and accomodative when I visited the store.




And here’s a good news… Selected Ipanema and Bambu stores are giving 20% discount on all items! Read more here: Be Summer-Ready and Enjoy 20% Discount at Select Ipanema and Bambu Stores


What are you waiting for? Grab a pair now! 🙂






Be Summer-Ready and Enjoy 20% Discount at Select Ipanema and Bambu Stores


This sizzling summer, be sultry and fashionable wearing the latest flipflops and sandals from Ipanema and Bambu stores and enjoy 20% discount on all items.


Promo is ongoing from April 22-24, 2016 only, so head over and shop to your heart’s content in these branches: Bambu Trinoma, Bambu Bonifacio Highstreet, Bambu Robinsons Ermita, Bambu Alabang Town Center, Ipanema Seaside Cebu, Ipanema SM Bacolod, Ipanema SM Iloilo, and Ipanema SM Lanang.


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