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Oh, My Aching Back

Updated on November 26, 2015

Are You Suffering With Back Pain?

If you are suffering from back pain then you should know that most people at some time in their lifetime suffer from one or more causes of back pain. So you are not alone.

Sometimes the pain only lasts a day or two, but for many the pain is a daily battle. Unless you have had back pain, you don't quite understand the extreme pain and depression that it can cause.

If you are suffering from back pain I believe that you will find the information on this page useful.

No, I am not a doctor or medical practitioner, but when my husband started complaining of lower back pain and shooting pains going down his leg, I decided to look for ways to try to help relieve his pain.

Although my husband's condition, occupation and mindset prompted him to opt for surgery, which to him sounded like the easiest solution, he has admitted that in hindsight a more natural approach should have been his first choice and only choosing surgery as a last resort instead of his first choice.

If you have back issues I hope that you evaluate all of your options and choose the least radical and least invasive first.

If you have back pain or know someone that does, always see a health care professional before using any type of self-healing or self-diagnoses methods.

Tasty Food That Can Help To Reduce Inflammation

Have you ever heard the line "you are what you eat"?

Sure you have. And I bet you made a joke about it, laughed and then thought about it again.

Well maybe it's about time to start thinking about it in relationship to inflammation within your body and how it affects how you feel.

There are many foods that are considered anti-inflammatory here are just a few of them.

Broccoli

Ok, so maybe one of our Presidents isn't a fan of broccoli, but if you are looking to help reduce inflammation in your body broccoli is a good choice. Either cooked or raw broccoli is a nutritious veggies that has also been known to have anti-cancer properties.

Chamomile

We all know the chamomile makes a nice and soothing tea but it is also known to soothe your joints by reducing inflammation. Green tea is also a good choice. Just remember that when you drink your tea, you should not add any sugar or artificial sweetener as both increase inflammation and should be avoided.

Flax

Flax seed and flax oil are high in Omega 3's and Omega 3's will help the body in so many ways including reducing inflammation.

Blueberries

Blueberries are high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and of coarse they can help with your inflammation issues - plus they taste so good.

Ginger

Fresh ginger is the best way to receive its properties. Luckily for you fresh ginger can be found in almost every grocery store, it's inexpensive and it holds up well in your refrigerator for quite a long time. Just remember to only peel the piece of ginger that you are going to use. If you have a grater, just grate a bit over salads, soups, and it even goes quite well with salmon.

Salmon

Salmon is quite an impressive fish. Salmon isn't just good for inflammation but also is absolutely fantastic for your skin. Yes, the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon can make your skin look glowing and can also help it look younger as it also has anti-aging properties. For best results have salmon twice a week.

Shiitake mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms which started their mainstream popularity in health food restaurants in California has become mainstream all over. You can now find Shiitake mushrooms in your local grocery store. Shiitake's can be used in so many different ways that once you start using them you will find more and more recipes in addition to just adding them to your salads. Like many of the other foods on this list Shiitake's have anti-cancer properties and can help lower cholesterol levels, help to combat HIV and also help to protect against heart disease.

A Few Photos From My Husband's Back Surgery

After watching my husband go through years of back pain and then back surgery, I knew that there was a better and less invasive way to help reduce or eliminate back pain.

Surgery doesn't always stop the pain and in many cases the pain may stop in the area where the surgery was performed but may travel up or down. In my husband's case the pain is very slight around the area where his fusion took place but he now feels the pain above the site and also down near the hip area.

Walking bothers him almost as much today as with before his surgery. I say almost because it isn't quite as bad but if given the choice he now states that he would have really looked for options instead of jumping into the fusion.

That is when I started to research natural products and nutrition which could help others avoid the pain and suffering of back issues without always having to opt for surgery.

My husbands bruising from back surgery
My husbands bruising from back surgery


Bruising after surgery (bandage pad covering staples)


Staples Used Instead of Stitches


Scarring on Back from Surgery


X-Rays Showing Titanium Screws and Bolts

Inversion Therapy

Have you heard the term spinal compression?

Spinal compression occurs in humans because the earth's gravitation pull is constantly pushing down on our bodies and in turn squeezing and "compressing" our spine. Hence the term spinal compression.

An Inversion table allows you to lie on your back relaxed, in an inverted position. This position eliminates some or all gravitational compression. The amount depends on many factors including how far you tip your table.

With an inversion table you need to build up the amount of time that you are inverted and also the degree that you will be inverting.

Once you start using an inversion table you will find that you look forward to using it again and again.

I do have to admit that the first few times that I used an inversion table was about 25 years ago and I was quite nervous and although I had my brother with me ( he is a Chiropractor) and was guiding me I still only inverted partially. Then each time I used the table I was able to go further until I was fully inverted and was able to basically "hang there" for quite a while.

Newer tables are more stable and secure, however you should still proceed very slowly.

I also suggest that in addition to reading the health warnings at the link right below, you should also see your doctor and get their ok.

NOTE: Some people should not use inversion therapy for health / medical reasons.

Ironman Gravity 4000 Inversion Table

IRONMAN Gravity 4000 Highest Weight Capacity Inversion Table
IRONMAN Gravity 4000 Highest Weight Capacity Inversion Table

One of the most popular inversion tables at Amazon and s you read through the customer reviews you'll see why - customers truly love this table!

 

Sciatica Stretch - Stretching to help relieve sciatica pressure

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Stretching Exercises

The last exercise in this video where you cross your knee over to one side is my favorite.

It seems to make my hips feel more relaxed and I find that I am more comfortable at night when I sleep on my side. If I don't do the exercises for a few days, my hips hurt if I try to sleep on my side & then have to sleep on my stomach, which really isn't good for your back at all.

Can You Lose Weight If You Have A Bad Back?

If you have found that your back pain has been stopping you from losing weight then you should check with your physician and see which types of exercises you should be doing and you should also take a good look at your diet.

Even just being a little bit over weight in the belly area can put a big strain on your back. While you may not realize how much of a strain it actually is, as you begin to lose a bit around the waist you will begin to realize that your back will naturally begin to bother you less. Even losing 5 pounds in the belly area can make a major difference.

Most people begin by working on their diet and then once they start to lose a few pounds then begin a stretching regiment, then move on to toning and tightening the core muscle group.

Tightening and toning will bring your belly area in closer to your core which will relieve back pressure.

There are many exercises that can be done right on your bed so if the thought of getting down on the floor sends you into a panic don't stress, just talk this over with your doctor and see which ones are right for you.

You can lose weight with a bad back.




Can an Anti-inflammatory Diet Help You?

Before my husband started to have back issues I didn't know much about inflammation in the body.

I didn't know what it was, what caused it, why is was bad or even how to avoid it.

But after reading and doing a bit of researching I found that inflammation can be the root cause of many different ailments and that just making some simple changes to our diets can make a big difference.

I also didn't know that there are foods which increase inflammation and others that can reduce it. Since then I have seen more and more evidence that inflammation is the cause of of most lifestyle diseases and that our modern day diet is slowing us down and cause pain and discomfort.

I truly believe that this information can help many people who suffer with inflammation related illnesses and ailments.

Here is the listing of some of the best & worst foods for inflammation

Anti-inflammatory foods

These are the foods that you should be relying on for a large segment of your diet.

Atlantic Salmon (wild)
Fresh whole fruits and vegetables
Bright multi-colored vegetables
Green tea
Water
Olive oil
Lean poultry
Nuts, legumes and seeds
Dark green leafy vegetables
Old fashioned oatmeal (not the processed sugared type but plain unflavored oats)
Spices, especially Turmeric and Ginger

Inflammatory foods

These are food that you should either stay away from or at least limit.

Sugar, from any source
Processed foods
French Fries (Due to the deep frying and white potato. This also means potato chips, corn chips etc. If you bake your fries and/or use sweet potatoes there is less of an issue)
Fast Foods - since most have a good portion of processed ingredients.
White bread
White pasta
Ice cream
Cheddar cheeses, American cheese and any cheese that comes from a can or is spreadable.
Snack foods - unless they are healthy, wholesome snacks.
Oils such as vegetable and corn
Soda, caffeine and alcohol

By making a few changes in your diet you just may find that your body feels more comfortable and less tight and achy.

You'll notice that most of the foods that are considered inflammatory are also ones that are often considered lower quality, lower nutrition "junk food". This is the type of diet that most of us have.

So even if you don't want to get rid of the junkier foods in your diet to lose weight you may want to drop them so that you can reduce the inflammation and pain in your body.

I know that it is very hard to avoid all of the inflammatory foods but even if you try to limit them you may notice a difference. Once you feel the difference you will find that you will want to rely more on the healthier choices and limit the junk.


Lower Back Stretching Exercises

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The information on this page is for informational and educational purposes only and does not dispense medical guidance or medical assistance. Nor does it intend to diagnose, treat, or cure any diseases or ailments.

The information on this page is not intended to replace proper medical care.

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      resolveurpain 4 years ago

      Stretching exercises are a good way to get rid of back pains. I also know of the treatments called Active Isolated Stretching therapy for back pain, and it is highly successful and almost all types of pains, conditions and patients.

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      Vita Activate 5 years ago

      Great information ! Thanks. Heating pad might be helpful for backache.

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      ronaldpakasi 5 years ago

      Great lens! Thank you for sharing the information! :D

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      So valuable. I've embarked on a program to avoid back surgery and so far it is helping.

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      nebby 5 years ago from USA

      @TonyPayne: Thank you for the blessing :)

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I strained my back and spilled a disc 22 years ago, and often since then I get lower back pain, or at times a trapped nerve. I find that losing weight really helps to relieve the symptoms and to lower the scope for my back hurting too. Great information here, very comprehensive. Blessed.

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      Best solution is pilates (for me), core strengthening. Biggest obstacle: No time left after Squidooing.

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      DonChats 6 years ago

      Unreal information. Great Lens

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      BoiseChiropractor 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I am a Boise Chiropractor and I am always looking for good resources for my patients. Thanks for the great information.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      ExSmoker07 7 years ago

      Many things cause my back pain during pregnancy, however using the light streatching exercises and building my back muscles cleared most of the issues. I have tilted uteris, so that causes more problems.

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      nebby 8 years ago from USA

      [in reply to Gary Donaldson]

      Thank you Dr. Gary for pointing out the error in the photos. The surgery went well & he is feeling "almost" back to his old self but does have the nagging pain of the end of the bolts rubbing against the muscle. I had wanted him to go through more natural route of exercise, muscle balancing and possible spinal disc decompression but he wanted "a quick - don't have to do any work" easy way out.

      I notice that you are a Chiropractic Orthopedist. I have a brother who is chiropractor living in another state, and both of us had hoped that my husband would go for a more natural, less invasive method to deal with his back pain.

      I do think that if we could turn back time, surgery would no longer be his first option. Yes, he would have to work through therapy and exercise but I think that he now realizes that the effort would be worth it.

      Glad you stopped by and shared your url.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nice information. Thanks. How's he doing?

      PS. The lateral lumbar x-ray view of your husband's spine is upside down unless you meant it to be a view of him on the inversion table.

      www.StandUpRight.com

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      nebby 8 years ago from USA

      Sandra, thank you for asking about my husband. Before he had the surgery I had told him about all of the alternatives that he should look at first before opting for surgery.

      However, he thought it was going to be a piece of cake and would be back to work in a few months.

      For the first 3 months after surgery he was still taking percocet every 3 hours and muscle relaxers

      3 times a day. He didn't realize how much pain he would be in.

      The fourth month he stopped taking all the medications (he was afraid of getting hooked)yet is still in pain. He does walk 1 mile a day but then spends the rest of the day in a chair since the pain is still there.

      He will probably be out of work for another 2-3 months at minimum.

      Maybe it's his age, but it's taking him an awfully long time to recoup from this and he's finally admitting that he should have tried other more natural ways first and not jumped at surgery as it's a lot tougher than surgeons make it sound.

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      millmm 9 years ago

      Nice lens. Really good information

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Lotsa good tips here!

      I think I would like to try that see saw you've got there!