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Nearly everyone has back pain at some time. About 20% of people have some form of back pain each year. Back pain is the most common cause of disability for people under the age of 45. Back pain can be in different locations. Pain can be in the neck, upper back and shoulders, and the lower back. Often nonspecific back pain results from stresses on the muscles and ligaments that support the spine. Sometimes it is hard to find the cause of the pain.
Low back pain may involve the muscles, joints, or nerves of the lower back. It may also be referred pain, which means the pain is actually coming from another organ, such as the kidneys.
Kidneys and Adrenal Glands
Diagnosing Back Pain
Diagnosis of low back pain begins with a medical history and physical exam. Depending on the suspected cause of the problem, the provider may order diagnostic tests, such as:
blood and urine tests
a bone scan
CT or MRI scans
an electromyogram, or EMG, which measures muscle response to nerve stimulation
a myelogram, which uses a contrast agent and X-rays to detect abnormalities along the spine
a nerve conduction velocity test, or NCV, which measures transmission along the nerve
Causes and Risks of Back Pain
The exact cause of back pain may be hard to find. Pain can come from muscles, ligaments, nerves, discs, or bones. People who are inactive are especially at risk. Inactive people are not conditioned. They are prone to strains when they use their back. Other risk factors include the following:
frequent or heavy lifting
overweight or obesity
repetitive movements, including twisting
Low back pain may be caused by a number of spinal disorders. Following are some common causes:
fibromyalgia, a condition that causes trigger points in body tissues, including the low back
osteomyelitis, or bone infection
ruptured disks, which involve the soft disks between the vertebrae of the spine
spinal degeneration, which may involve arthritis
spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the disk spaces with aging
sprains or strains of the muscles and other soft tissue in the back
tumors of the spine
1. Compression Fracture of the Vertebrae
A person with disorders of certain body organs may experience referred pain in the low back. These disorders include:
pelvic inflammatory disease, and other infections in the pelvic area
urinary tract infection
Following are risk factors that increase a person's risk for low back pain:
activities, such as driving a car, that pass vibrations along the spine
lack of physical activity
Signs and Symptoms of Back Pain
Low back pain may range from a dull ache to severe, disabling pain. The individual may have related symptoms, including the following:
decreased ability to flex the knee
decreased ability to move the foot and toes in certain directions
numbness, burning, or tingling in the leg
pain that travels down the leg to the back of the thigh and calf
Other specific symptoms include:
pain in the lower or upper back
pain that radiates to the thighs, buttocks, or arms tenderness when the back is touched
Back pain can be unbearable. It can also be just a nagging annoyance. A healthcare provider should be seen if the pain is severe, lasts more than a few days, or keeps a person from daily activities.
Long-Term Effects of Back Pain
Low back pain is a leading cause of disability and missed work in developed countries. Those affected may be unable to perform activities they enjoy. Chronic pain can result in depression, lack of productivity, and drug abuse. If there is nerve damage, the person may have weakness, numbness, and loss of muscle mass. Low back pain is not contagious and poses no risk to others.
Prevention of Back Pain
Proper lifting techniques are important to avoid a ruptured disk. These techniques can be enhanced by the use of an abdominal support belt. Other preventive measures are as follows:
regular physical activity
rest breaks to interrupt long periods of vibration, such as driving a car
smoking cessation for individuals who smoke
weight management for people who are obese
Back Pain Treatment
Low back pain caused by strains or sprains will get better on its own within four weeks, with or without treatment. People with more serious conditions, such as a ruptured disk, may benefit from treatment. A ruptured disk is generally treated conservatively at first. Following are some initial treatments that may be used:
anti-inflammatory pain medication, such as ibuprofen, ketoprofen, flurbiprofen, or naproxen
application of heat
muscle relaxants, such as carisoprodol
a specialized exercise program
If conservative treatment is not successful, the healthcare provider may recommend surgery. The following operations may be helpful for people who have a ruptured disk:
diskectomy or laminectomy, which allows the surgeon to remove the ruptured disk and relieve nerve pressure
injection of chymopapain, an enzyme, into the disk to dissolve it
nucleoplasty, which involves inserting a needle into the disk and applying heat with a special instrument
spinal fusion, which involves the joining of two or more vertebrae
Treatment Side Effects
Side effects of medicines include allergic reactions and stomach upset. Surgery is associated with a risk of infection, bleeding, and allergic reaction to anesthesia.
After conservative treatment of a ruptured disk, a person can
usually resume activity as tolerated. Symptoms may recur every now
and then, requiring repeated treatment. Ninety percent of the time,
surgery relieves symptoms and the person can slowly resume normal
activities. Physical therapy can be helpful to teach appropriate
body mechanics and lifting techniques. Any new or worsening symptoms
should be reported to the healthcare provider.
I had been trying for about a week to cure a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) on my own with lots of cranberry juice and water. The morning that I woke up with severe back pain I decided it was time to go to the doctor. I went to see Dr. Shiva in San Antonio where he did a urinalysis and said that I didn't have any infection. He then had me do various range of motion exercises to determine my back injury which had my back screaming in pain. He took X-rays and said that I had Muscle Spasms in my back. He gave me a pain shot, and prescriptions for muscle relaxers and pain pills. $198.00 later I was at home, drugged up and in severe pain. This was on a Friday. On Monday, still in pain, still experiencing worsening UTI symptoms, I went to see Dr. Harry Hernandez in San Antonio. He tested me and found a severe UTI. He gave me the generic drug which he said worked about 75% of the time and was about $100.00 cheaper. He told me to come back in 10 days and he would retest me, free of charge. I went back 10 days later and still had traces of infection. He gave me 4 pills of the name brand drug, but I still had to buy 4 more, through a prescription, they were $10.00 each, but he said that this one would knock it out for sure. Relieved that I didn't have to worry about that anymore, me and my husband took off to Mississippi to visit relatives. About four days into our trip I was horrified to start feeling the symptoms reappear. I had a bottle of Colloidal Silver that my sister had given me which I had been using as a topical agent only, I had been leery of taking it orally, but at this point I was getting desperate. I took one capful and another capful that night. The next morning I didn't notice any more symptoms. I now take one capful a day and am leaving on another trip in the morning. I feel much safer knowing that I have my Colloidal Silver with me.
San Antonio, Texas Testimonial 2
I thank God for you and for everyone at Utopia Silver. I have been silent since you sent me the generator. I later came to Dallas and bought some more silver wire 2". Back home here in Kenya silver is doing wonders. I have an Aunty who is HIV+ and is on ARV drugs and she has already picked up so fast back to her normal duties like everyone of us, thanks to CS. Many friends have tried it with a lot of success. The success rate of CS can not be documented in this letter. The cases are so pitiful, the individuals most in abject poverty and they can only thank God for CS which has come to so many as help after the doctors have given up on them. Success stories range from chest congestion and lung infections, back pains, joint pains and weakness, wounds sores and rashes, fever and colds caused by a myriad of pathogens. I remember a lady with TB recently from the slums of Kibera here in Nairobi, she had been to hospital and was discharged but still in a lot of pain and continuous coughing -- she took CS 20ppm for three days and the fourth day the neighbours were asking whether she had passed away because there was no more coughing noise from her house. She is thanking God for the relief she has gotten from CS.
[Though Simon mentions the successful use of colloidal silver in many cases as a last resort, we highly recommend its use as a first resort since it is so non-obstrusive, inexpensive and broadly effective against a host of health problems. Keep in mind this is just our experience and is not meant to insinuate or claim that colloidal silver has been proven safe and effective against any malady according to FDA standards.]
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