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Health-Conscious Series # 7 - Drink lots of milk in order to combat Osteoarthritis

Updated on April 14, 2012

Hearing the 'bone-crack'

It's like a creaking window inside my body. I experienced a soaring pain on my lower back last Monday (April 09, 2012) as I am leaning forward while cleaning the yard of our boarding house from dried leaves.

Ouch! I momentarily stopped. As if in slow motion, I held my breath and moved back in a stuttering walk.

This is not an ordinary back pain, the one I experienced before while carrying a cavan (50 kilograms) of rice and similar stuff on board ship or while at home after a day's harvest at the rice farm.

It's a pain that almost pricked me with a very large needle that made me stooped down on my knees, throwing away the coconut broom.

Holding my breath, I slowly went inside the house. I was glad other occupants of the house didn't came back yet from our province (in Bicol, Philippines).

I am not old yet. I'm at the prime of my life at forty. Experiencing this kind of pain led me to a lot of speculations.

  1. What did I done wrong to my neighbors? Perhaps, I did petty mistakes. Who hasn't?
  2. Is this already the symptom of osteo-arthritis or dislocated spinal column?

Either of these two, I related the incident to the wife of my cousin at the other house. She said, maybe, I affected an invisible entity. Superstitions still abound in this country. I didn't believed her.

I reviewed my activities during that day or my last months in Manila.

  • I've been occasionally drinking beer and liquor with alcohol content from 5 percent up to 40 per cent. Alcohol content is one-half of the proof printed on the liquor's cover (pasted on the bottle). It did bring an effect of dehydration and bone-mass reduction, since I prohibits my body to absorb the nutrients needed to stay fit and healthy.
  • I was not drinking milk on a regular basis because of being a lactose-intolerant. With a little sip of fresh milk, my next move is to got to the john in order to empty my tummy.
  • My comfort drink nowadays is coffee-three in one. Meaning, the sachet I usually buy contains coffee granules, with sugar and cream, already. My cousin cautioned me that too much of it will lead to erratic heartbeat or even hypertension. I opposed his alert by mentioning the campaign of coffee industry that it has lots of antioxidants.

Surely, item two - of not having enough milk (as source of calcium and protein) in my diet led to to such freak incident - that bone-cracking episode in my life.

That is my gut-feel.

I haven't visited the nearest clinic of an orthopedic doctor. I need a personal research to know if my personal assessment is right.

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Osteoarthritis and other back pains

My aunt also suffered from osteoarthritis. She said, she's not fond of drinking milk and at young age, she already had this 'pain-in-the-ass' malady.

It is also called osteoporosis, whereas, most married women experienced this due to the effects of post-pregnancy ordeal, as in lactating their babies, thereby losing much of their bodily nutrients if not supported by supplements (like high--calcium enriched milk).

  • I will deduce what I experienced as lumbar muscle strain or just a sprain in my back muscles.
  • Maybe it's a slip disc, but it's not similar with what my 2nd engineer experienced way back 2002 that resulted in a spinal cord operation.
  • I'm not aging yet, (I'm still young, please agree with me), so, I will not agree with a spinal stenosis as my probable prognosis.
  • How about lumbar spine arthritis that can also be felt around my fingers? No, I haven't experienced the latter.
  • Spondylolisthesis is a severe finding as it is considered a degenerative back pain as it causes unstable movement or a person experiencing this. I'm afraid, I've been experiencing this, right now!

I don't want to be afraid. I am always on the positive side of any problem. I'm still active doing my chores, although I will stop momentarily to catch my breath and fight an abrupt pain episodes on my lower back.

Remedies will include herbal first aide. I was advised by an elder friend that I heat tuba-tuba leaves and apply it directly on my aching back or apply a liniment to ease the pain and ask the help of a reflexologist, first.

Options, if others experienced this may lead to:

  1. Non-surgical treatment, like what I've mentioned above plus rest from my usual routine everyday.
  2. Surgical treatment or spine surgery can be crucial and sometimes fatal.
  3. Alternative treatments, may also suggests herbal medicine or even acupuncture in this side of the world (Asia mostly), if pain doesn't heal in a jiffy.

PS: I will never forget milk and its products (cheeses, etc.) as inclusion on my diet.


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @katyzz: Thanks for dropping by and with your suggestions, I've been healed in a jiffy plus the 'dream-like' voice that healed my back by adjusting it to it's proper position.

      I'm good as new. :D

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @earthbound1974: Thanks for your concern, but I'm a lot better now.

      Would you believe that I've been healed by a very beautiful voice in a dream?

      Here's my true account:

      It was April 9, 2012 when a painful prick made me like an old man when my back bent and difficult to stand tall.

      Through a dream on April 23rd and with a soothing voice that said: I will be healed, it dawned on me that my back pain vanished without a haste.

      I was healed!

    • katyzzz profile image


      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Plenty of sun will also help you and weight bearing exercise, can be as simple as walking, and watch your hormone levels ( need a doctor for this) you seem to be getting yourself under control and focussing soundly on your health, wise for one so young.

    • earthbound1974 profile image


      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Ouch! This is really bad, travel man. Good thing, you didn't mentioned smoking cigarettes as one of your vices!

      Be careful, always!


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