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Back Pain Issues You Must Not Let Go

Do you suffer from backpain and can hardly get back to your ordinary daily routines? Don't let this day end without uncovering the real causes behind the pain.Note down carefully the signs and symptoms because it might have an underlying medical issues such as kidney stones, or ulcerative colitis.

Human backbone is composed of muscles, ligaments, tendons, disks, and bones, which work together to support the body and enable us to move around. The pain at the back can be anywhere and in most cases, it gets okay without any treatment. It affects everyone of any age.

However, if your backpain is associated with .any of the any of these following signs and symptoms, see a doctor.

  • numbness and tingling in the legs
  • persists over a long period such as 3 months or more
  • chronic pain that lasts up to 6 weeks
  • unexplained weightloss
  • fever
  • swelling on the back
  • pain down the legs
  • pain reaches below the knee
  • difficulty in breathing
  • numbness around the anus, genitals, and buttocks

Have your backpain diagnosed and submit yourself to any of these four types of physical examinations:

  • X-ray- shows the alignment of the bones and checks if there is any sign of  arthritis or broken bones. However, it may not reveal damage in the muscles, spinal cord, nerves, or disks.
  • MRI or CT -  shows herniated disks or problems with tissue, tendons, nerves, ligaments, blood vessels, muscles, and bones.
  • Bone scans-  detect bone tumors or compression fractures caused by osteoporosis. A radioactive substance or tracer is injected into a vein. The tracer collects in the bones and helps the doctor detect bone problems with the aid of a special camera.
  • Electromyography or EMG - measures the electrical impulses produced by nerves in response to muscles. This can confirm nerve compression, which may occur with a herniated disk or spinal stenosis.

Lower Back Pain

It can be developed without definitive cause and the most likely approach used is to treat the symptoms.There are many ways to categorize low back pain – two common types include:

  •  Mechanical pain- is localized to the lower back, buttocks, and sometimes the top of the legs.It is primarily from the muscles, ligaments, joints (facet joints, sacroiliac joints), or bones in and around the spine.
  • Radicular pain - is caused by the an inflamed or impinged spinal nerve root. It bears sharp, electric, burning-type pain which is associated with numbness or weakness (sciatica).

Lower Back Pain Relief Techniques

  • . Increase your inner endorphin level. This hormone acts like the strong medications as it blocks the pain signals from registering with your brain. Also, iIt heps to alleviate chronic back pain as it can reduce anxiety, stress, and depression which are linked with back pains.

Try these three activities:

  1. Aerobic exercise
  2. Massage therapy
  3. Meditation
  • Get enough sleep. Sleep problem like insomnia is linked to back pain. So, treat this sleep disorder.
  • Apply cold or hot packs. Cold pack is anesthetic as it slows down the nerve impulses or nerve spasms which cause the pain. While the hot packs help to stimulate the blood flow that brings healing nutrients to the affected area. You may also take a hot bath or shower.
  • Stretch the hamstring's muscles (located in the back of your thighs). The tightening of this muscle stresses the lower back and sacroilian joints which leads to pain. Do this activity twice a day with care.
  • Keep your brain engaged. Brain's interpretation about the pain has a huge impact. So, have it engaged.

Upper Back Pain

Upper back pain is normally caused by long-termed poor posture. It may be also triggered by injury that overpowers the thoracic spine’s sturdiness. Thoracic spine begins beneath the neck and has 12 vertebrae which go down the back of the torso. It is relatively immobile because its vertebrae are attached to the pair of ribs.

There are two main reasons of the pain which are as follows:

  • Muscular irritation.  It is typically due to either de-conditioning (lack of strength) or overuse injuries (such as repetitive motions). The pain occurs as the  large muscles to the scapula are prone to developing strains or tightness.
  • Joint dysfunction. It occurs either naturally or by injury and feels llike a sharp and burning pain localized to one spot or a general achiness that can flare up and possibly spread to the shoulder, neck, or elsewhere.

Upper Back Pain Relief Techniques

  • Do you work at a computer all day?  Sit properly with a good back support. Everytime you feel some hurt on your back, stand up and take a break. You  may try walking around the room, or anywhere to relax.
  • Do you lift heavy items? Do some stretching of your arms and shoulders to ease the stress in your muscles.
  • Is something stressing you out? Get rid of stressful things as it can have a toll on your body and cause upper back pain. The muscles tends to tighten up when you are stressed.
  • Do you eat healthy? Unhealthy foods cause inflammation and this case triggers pain and diseases.

Lower Right and Left Side Back Pain

Besides the kidney, other internal organs such as ovaries, intestines, and appendix can be the causal factors too.They share nerve endings with tissue and ligaments in the back. In case of kidney problem, the pain goes as the stone moves and it includes painful or urgent urination. If the stones move to the right kidney, the pain is at the lower right side of the back.

In women, the common gynecological disorders that can cause pain is fibroids and endometriosis. Endometriosis is due to excess uterine tissue growing outside the uterus and the pain is sporadic, sharp, and stabbing. It may include abdominal pain, fatigue, and even extreme menstrual period. Fibroids is a benign masses growing in the uterus that can cause abnormal menstruation, frequent urination, and painful intercourse.

Other causes are:

  • Ulcerative Colitis. The inflammation in the large intestine which is associated with diarrhea, rectal pain, and weight loss. The most common symptom is abdominal cramping that triggers abdominal and back pains in both sides of the body.
  • Pregnancy. It may cause a one-sided lower back pain as the baby develops and the expectant mother's body accomodates.
  • Pancreatitis It initiates abdominal pain that spreads  to the lower left quadrant of the back.
  • Diverticulitis. An inflamed small pouches developed along the walls of the colon. The possible symptoms of diverticulitis include fever, nausea, vomiting, and constipation or diarrhea.

Back Pain After Eating

This is the pain that originates in one area of the body and radiates to another. The common cause is ranging from poor posture to ulcers.
Here is the list of issues that lead to back pain after eating.

  • Allergies and intolerances and the triggering factors are alcohol, dairy, gluten, peanuts, sugar.
  • Gallbladder inflammation and gallstones due to fatty foods.
  • Heart attack
  • heartburn

Tips to reduce back pains:

  • Use exercises approved by your health care providers
  •  Avoid high heels and other shoes that do not provide adequate support.
  • Avoid sleeping on your back.
  • Wear a support belt under your lower abdomen.
  • Consider having your back adjusted by a chiropractor.
  • Get plenty of rest. Elevating your feet is also good for your back.
  • How can you treat back pain during pregnancy?
  • There are a number of things you can do to treat back pain during pregnancy.
  • Sleep on your left side, and use a support pillow under your knees.
  • Schedule an appointment with a licensed health care professional such as a chiropractor or massage therapist.

 

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