Is It Possible To Relieve Back Pain
Back pain is one of the commonest complaints – in fact nearly 1 in 4 people suffer from this condition. Most people have resigned themselves to either live with the pain or take medication to relieve the symptoms.
When you suffer from back pain, you get THAT look sometimes, don’t you? You know, the look that says you’re a malingerer that you’re putting on the agony, that you’re just after sympathy. Sometimes, you can even get it from professionals.
Back pain conditions although common are not treated with the same “respect” as other illnesses because by their very nature they are not as visible as say a broken leg or arm. If you have a broken leg for example you are not only treated for the pain but corrective measurements are put in place e.g leg put in plaster for example.
Why doesn’t typical back pain treatments work? They do not get time to know you as a patient so they cannot possibly get to the root cause of your condition. Most medical practitioners will view back pain as a result of personal habits e.g working practices.
Causes of back pain are varied and vast and without the correct diagnosis will never be solved.
Treating The Symptoms
Most solutions treat the symptom not the cause of the pain. Common practice is to give pain killing drugs of varying strength, injections or suggest alternative medicines and treatments. No wonder so many suffer from back pain! Perhaps you are considering some of these treatments. Chiropractor treatments (Ernt E. J R Soc Med. Physical Therapy (Van Tulder. Injections (Deyo R. J Am Board Fam Med. Acupuncture (Furlan AD, Spine. Prescription Medications (Martell BA Ann Intern Med. Traditional treatments are not getting the job done. WHAT HELP IS THERE?
1. Self Help – The problem with us as individuals is we focus on the pain, if we could just get relief. This is understandable, given the nature of back pain it impacts our lives in so many ways. Take time to log what has led to the pain – when did it start, does something happen to trigger the back pain, when it happens, why it happens, what is the nature of the pain, when is it worse, what helps, how long does the medication help for?
Log everything, no matter how small, little differences can sometimes have a big impact. Completing this log will help you discuss your condition with your medical practitioner and help them arrive at a correct diagnosis and treatment plan for you.
2. Treatments – Be open minded but not gullible. Yes you want relief and you need to consider all your options, but look closely at the research backing the solution. Start in small steps and move forward and you will find you are much better equipped to make rational decisions. Look at natural remedies as well as the common “buy this pill for pain free lifestyle” drugs. Look for a treatment that suits you and has worked for others.
3. Generic – Just because it worked for Mr / Mrs X does not mean it is going to be the wonder cure for you. However if the cause is eliminated, you are going to feel better faster than you would do with just treating the symptoms. His scientific background gave him a unique perspective when he set out to find the real cause of his own lower back pain. He knew how to do research and understood through experience the stunning effect that diet has on health.
Preventing Back Pain
A high percentage of people suffer from some sort of back pain and all us sufferers know that when the back pain kicks in it really does hurt. So how can we prevent back pain? The way that exercise can help our back pain is because it strengthens your back and make it’s a lot stronger.
The reason the back muscles are weak or stiff is because you’re not getting enough movement to your back. Always remember before exercising is to make sure you start off by doing some stretching exercises and never overdo it when exercising your back.
Overtime you will find that doing some sort of exercise to you back will help the pain disappear. At first there is a good chance that you are going to find these exercises hard to do but over time these exercises will become a lot easier.
Seek Medical Attention
Either of these conditions is potentially fatal. Seek professional care for any abdominal pain accompanied by back pain. Pulmonary embolism. Blood clots usually form deep inside the legs, where they may cause leg swelling, discomfort, and sometimes redness. When a clot dislodges and moves upward through the heart into the lungs, chest pain and/or back pain may occur, usually along with difficulty breathing.
If the clot is large, it may obstruct air exchange and result in too little oxygen in the blood. Sudden onset of back pain associated with difficulty breathing may be a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs) or even a heart attack.
The above examples illustrate that not all back pain is a simple matter. Fortunately, all of these conditions are fairly rare. If you’ve found your symptoms on the list, seek prompt medical attention. On the other hand, if you have the same back pain that you get every time you weed your garden or mop the floor, take an aspirin and call your doctor in the morning. (Copyright 2010 Cynthia J. Koelker, M.D.)