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“Mom, let’s get ready, we are late, it’s my annual day of school”, Mohit said to his mom, “Sorry beta, I wouldn’t be able to come with you, please go with papa, my back is hurting a lot”. “Ok mom…but I will miss you”. Mohit went to the function with his dad. But Sadhana was feeling so bad, it is not the first time, when because of her back problem she has missed any important event. She used to suffer from back pain very often, she had consulted many doctors but nothing serious had been diagnosed in reports. She often suffers from back pain after physical exertion and only proper rest for a day or two improves the pain. Doctors also suggested her some exercises and life style modifications such as healthy diet, focus on posture and stress reduction. She is trying to do all efforts to improve her condition but still whenever she gets the pain, she feels very depressed and anxious.
Yes! It is true back pain is one of the most common painful condition that affects the lower spine. It is one of the most common reasons for a doctor’s visit and a leading cause of disability worldwide . It affects more than 3 million people per year and because of factors such as stress level and pregnancy, women are more prone to it than men. According to a scientific research, approximately 80% of people will have low pain at least once in their lives.
Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move. It can start when you fall or lift something too heavy. Getting older, lack of exercise, being overweight, pregnancy, genetic factor, and occupational reason (having a job that requires heavy lifting, pushing or pulling) are some of the common risk factors that may elevate one's risk for low back pain.
There are mainly two types of back pain- acute and chronic. Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in nature. It serves as a warning or threat to the body. It is usually of short duration and heals quickly. Chronic pain is prolonged in duration. It persists for weeks, months or years. It is a major cause of disability and usually associated with prominent mental symptoms such as depression, anger and anxiety.
You know your back hurts. But you may not know whether it is an acute pain or chronic? Take on our quiz to see how severe it really is? Find out where your back pain ranks in this back pain quiz.
Q1. How long have you been suffering from back pain?
Q2. What was the causative factor of your back pain?
Q3. How would you describe your pain?
Q4. What are the other prominent mental symptoms you have?
Q5. Do you have any other chronic degenerative or inflammatory disease conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or degenerative disc disease?
Q6. Your pain is worsened by?
Q7. Your pain is relieved by?
Q8. Do you face any problem in completing everyday activities?
Note: This quiz is for informational purpose only. It is recommended to seek medical attention for confirming the diagnosis.
As it has been said that “prevention is always better than cure” and back pain is one of the common problem that can be prevented by following some simplest measures. Such as:
So, these are some common preventive measures that can help a lot and prevent the frequent episodes of back pain. If in spite of these measures, your condition does not improve , you should consult a physician for proper diagnosis of the disease.
And if you are the one like Sadhana, who had no serious cause behind the back pain, you may try alternative medicines such as homeopathy or herbal means for proper relief. They are a good substitute of routine allopathic pain killers.
So did you try any alternative medicines to improve your back pain?
What are the ways that helped you in preventing or curing your disease condition? Please share!