LIFESTYLE & COMMUNITY

Back Pain: 8 Ordinary Causes And Reasons To Call A Doctor

Date October 13, 2017 09:53

Lower back pain is an extremely common problem – approximately 80% of people develop it at some point in their lives. This condition can have many different causes, and some of them may have to do with your daily habits that you wouldn’t suspect to be the problem. But it is never too late to change some of your daily habits to prevent this kind of pain:

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So, here’s a list of things you do (and don’t do) every day that can cause pain in your lower back.

1. Working from home

Being able to work from home surely has its benefits, but many people who do so often don’t bother about taking frequent breaks. Some even work lying on the couch or in bed. Working in such positions can take a heavy toll on your back. So, it’s recommended to sit at the desk, on a comfortable chair, stand up and walk a little anytime you can, and stretch regularly.

2. Sitting a lot

Staying seated too often and for too long can also contribute to back pain. You need to be physically active to stay healthy. Doing exercises, such as lying on an exercise ball, can help you relieve or even prevent the pain.

3. Carrying a heavy handbag

American Chiropractic Association states that the weight of your bag shouldn’t exceed 10% of your body weight. If you carry too much weight on one side, it can create an imbalance and negatively affect your posture. The solution is simple: don’t carry things in your bag that you don’t need, frequently change shoulder (or arm) on which you carry your bag, and if you have to take something heavy with you, such as a laptop, opt for a backpack.

4. Lack of exercise

Your exercise doesn’t have to be intense to benefit your back. You have to know how to exercise right to avoid back injury. Walking, jogging, swimming, and cycling are all good options, but if you want to try something more intense, such as weight-lifting, go ahead (Just make sure your doctor allows this).

5. Being stressed

While stress may not cause the pain in your back, it can certainly make it worse. Try relaxation techniques or some relaxing activities to relieve stress and back pain.

6. Poor diet

Digestive problems can manifest in lower back pain. Eating unhealthy foods, such as fast food, processed foods, and products that are high in sugar, can cause inflammation. But if you consume too much of a single healthy food, such as raw salad, it can create gas, which in its turn leads to pressure on your back, thus causing a pain. You diet needs to be balanced and diverse to support your overall health and your back.

7. Bad pillow

When you sleep, your head has to be lower than your neck. If your head is raised too high, your neck can’t relax, and it leads to pain. Try changing your sleeping position or your pillow to let your back and neck relax when you sleep.

8. Smoking

In 2014, a study from Northwestern University showed that smoking triples your risk of chronic back pain. Not only does smoking affect your back, it also influences your brain’s response to pain. If you smoke, your back pain may feel more severe than if you do smoke. So, it’s in your best interest to stop. If you can’t do it on your own, talk to your doctor – he or she will recommend you some options to make it easier.

If your back pain isn’t caused by anything serious, it will go away without medical treatment. But there are cases when professional medical help is needed. Call your doctor if:

- your pain doesn’t subside within a few weeks;

- the pain is so bad, and it prevents you from doing your usual daily activities;

- your pain is severe and is getting worse;

- your pain causes you emotional problems, such as anxiety.

In some cases, back pain is a sign that something is seriously wrong, and you need immediate medical help. Call your doctor or the ambulance right away if you have back pain and:

- trouble urinating;

- bowel and/or urinary incontinence;

- numbness or tingling in the genital area or buttocks;

- chest pain;

- fever – 38C (100.4F) or more;

- a swelling or deformity in the back;

- weight loss that is not due to exercise and diet;

- it started after a serious injury, such as a fall or car accident;

- it gets worse at night and doesn’t get better after you’ve had rest.

Sources: Prevention, NHS, WebMD

This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended to provide medical advice. Fabiosa doesn’t take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this post. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader should consult with their physician or other health care provider.