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Living with Chronic back pain and what helps

Updated on September 29, 2014

How I cope with my chronic back pain.

First of all not all back pain is serious,for some people.For others it can be a very serious issue. Depending on how much you hurt. Here are a few things you can try to relieve the pain.Approximately,thirty one million Americans alone will suffer from some sort of back pain.

Missing work is common due to back pain.Approximately, half of our working citizens,will miss work do to back pain.

Chronic pain can cause severe depression.It is wise to find a physciatrist or therapist to help you cope. Mental help is important with chronic pain.

Approximately 80% of our country will suffer back pain of some sort of back pain.

Patients will spend in the millions ,to treat and get help to cope with their back pain.

Chronic back pain can bring on deep depression. If you get depressed from pain, see your doctor as soon as possible.Depression is a serious condition in itself.

Here are some things you can try at home to ease the pain.

keep moving -. A body needs to move.A body that doesn't move, won't move.

Those that have chronic pain, should see a doctor, to determine what is causing your pain.There are different types of back pain. Some more serious than others. There are exercises to do everyday. The amount of exercising depends on the seriousness of the pain. Also, what your physical limitations are. Exercising is important.

Narcotics- These are prescribed and monitored by your doctor. In some cases ,some patients will need them all their lives. Even doing the things in this article.Your doctor is watched by the federal Government. In some cases you may be asked to sign a "pain contract". A pain contract is a document between your doctor and yourself. Stating the doctor will let you have the narcotics provided to you. You agree to random urinalisis tests, A pill count to make sure your not taking to many. If you get caught selling them or giving them away. You face jail, and the Federal Government's jail time. This is a huge problem with narcotics. Alot of doctors refuse to prescribe them because of abuse. The doctors may offer you pain management classes. The patient should take these classes.

Chiropractors- This doesn't involve addictive narcotics. Some cases it doesn't work. The patients problem may be too serious.It works for a great many people.

Ice- It kind of numbs the pain a little. It decreases any inflammation. If you are inflamed in your back. This will help.

Heat- Heat relaxes you. A nice hot bath feels good on back pain. This writer suffers from back pain and have had 3 operations. I can tell you it helps.

Surgery - That should be decided by your doctor and yourself.

Exercise - Under the supervision of a doctor. Find out what exercises you are able to do. Then form a plan for you to do what you can.

Eat Right - your entire body will benefit from this,not just your back.

Physical Therapy - This is for People who need more than stretches, Have a therapist to watch you and help you.Some back patients this does not work for.Some it really helps. - good posture will help.

Sit and Stand up straight.Try to avoid heels - You should wear low heels and shoes that don't hurt your back walking.

No heavy lifting- Lifting can make your back injury worse. So watch the lifting.

Get a good matress -It will help you sleep better and your back to feel better.

Smoking - Quitting smoking ,won't just help your back. Quitting will help your whole body.

There are no cures for chronic back problems. You have to learn how to live with it. The things listed above can help manage your pain. surgery helps some. In some cases surgery can help the pain. sadly in others it makes it worse. So, please try these things. Mostly talk to your doctor,and figure out with the doctor what is right for you.

Copyrite 2012 Ruth McCollum all rights reserved


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    Julie 4 years ago

    Though I have never battled with chronic pain myself (I've had pain related to childbirth, etc, but never really chronic pain...), I recently read a book written by someone who has. It was written by my neighbor. After an accident years ago, her fragile body has been through surgery after surgery. Since the beginning of this year, she has been through two separate surgeries, requiring the placement of pins in both sides of her hip. It's hard to see her go through what she has gone through. This hub, coupled with her book, really helped to shine light on just how widespread chronic pain is becoming.

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    Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    Thankyou my friend, You are right .resting in between in a absolutely the right thing to do.

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    Boo McCourt 5 years ago from Washington MI

    Many useful suggestions, hot baths, and exercise are helpful to a certain degree. Resting inbetween exercise is important as well. A combination of all will help ease some back pain, wishful thinking: That it healed all pain. Great writing, voted up.

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    Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    Oh I forgot swimming.I'm sorry you suffer from it also. I wish you health and happiness.

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    taltool 5 years ago

    i like to read your article, as one that suffer from aback pain and Herniated disk its very useful article.i found out that for me the best thing is physical exercise such as Stretching and swimming you can see more info in the site that i made



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    MizBejabbers 5 years ago

    You have some very good suggestions. And unfortunately, yes, you do have to learn to live with back pain. I have several bad vertrebra from a city bus rollover and experience a lot of pain. I found that chiropractic and heat works best for me. Yoga is one very good form of exercise that strengthens injured back muscles because there is a lot of stretching and no jumping around involved. I've practiced it in the past but had to give it up because I am no longer allowed to do inversions (exercises that lower the head below the rest of the body), but I would recommend yoga to anyone who doesn't have that problem. Just make sure you get a good gentle instructor for beginners, preferably Iyengar Yoga because it allows the use of props. There are some poses that people can never master because of injuries, but a good Iyengar instructor will show you how to work around them by using straps, cushions and blocks.

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    Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    All good information and tips and ideas within this well written hub to help anyone who suffers with chronic back pain .

    Vote up and more !!!

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    Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

    I don't have back pain, but I have friends who do. It must be awful. I had terrible back pain when I had kidney stones. Good Hub with good info.