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What are the Side Effects of Back Pain

back pain illustrationIf your back pain continues for more than 3 weeks, then it could be a chronic back pain. It may originate from a disease or an injury or may happen due to stress on different structures of your body.

The type and sensation of the back pain may vary greatly. For example, the type could be muscle pain, nerve pain or bone pain, and the sensation of pain could be burning, achy, dull or sharp, tingling or stabbing, and vague or well-defined. Likewise, its intensity could also vary from severe to mild.

Sometimes it’s not possible to identify the source of the pain. In many cases, the injury or condition which triggered the pain could be undetectable or fully healed; however, the pain could still continue. But, even if the source of the pain is unclear or fully healed, the pain felt by you is real.

Side effects of back pain

You should visit your doctor if your back pain continues for more than two weeks. Sometimes the back pain can cause certain side effects or symptoms of a grave medical ailment.

Following are some symptoms of serious health problems due to back pain:

  • Weakness, tingling, or numbness in both or one leg.
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • High or mild fever
  • Constant and intense pain which gets worse during the night
  • Pain with a burning sensation in the abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you’re suffering from back pain, you’re also aware of some of its side effects. It is really important to know what areas are affecting you before things turn more serious.  It will actually help you protect, prevent and minimize the possible harms due to the side effects.

Effects your mobility

Back pain can force you to move less and move cautiously which may affect your daily life. As a result, you may lose confidence and tend to be more reluctant and cautious while doing your daily preferred activities. Typically, you’ll feel the after effects after engaging in your day-to-day activities.

People usually don’t know that the activities they’re doing can contribute to their discomfort. As the pain turns more evident and less avoidable, only then they decide to stop doing those activities.

You need to perform some specific exercise such as hip flexor muscles stretching if your hip mobility is causing you back pain. After you slowly feel better, you may continue your preferred activity with some modification to it.

To prevent hurting, you should perform less of those activities which cause you pain. You can even consider doing the activity differently and with a more practical approach by modifying the activity.

Modifying your preferred activity is better than not doing it at all as modification can help protect your spine from excessive movement. You can do Pilates or yoga exercises to protect your spine if you spend excess time sitting at the desk for work.

Side effects of Back Pain Injections

Your physician will consider all types of treatments to help relieve back pain, from medication to physical therapy and exercise. These may also include injections to ease your inflammation that causes back pain. The injections usually consist of a numbing drug and a steroid.

Remember that although these injections do help some patients, not everyone will receive the same relief.

These shots may help treat the following back pain problems:

  • Spinal stenosisSpinal stenosis is a condition where the spine turns narrow due to a herniated disk or a tumor compressing the spine, or a bone spur protruding into that area. This condition causes lower back pain. The pain may become worse when you’re active but may alleviate when you lean forward.
  • Radiculopathy means nerve damage or inflammation in the low back or the neck region. The source of this problem lies where the nerve leaves the spine. This condition results in a sharp pain spanning from your lower back down to the legs. Even a herniated disk can lead to radiculopathy.

Following are some most commonly used injections to relieve back pain:

  • Nerve block
  • Epidural

Nerve Block shots:

If you’re suffering from a nerve block, your doctor may inject an anesthetic called Lidocaine or a numbing medicine in the region around the nerve. After you’re injected, you’ll quickly feel numbness which will relieve back pain. However, the effect lessens after some hours.

Epidural shotsEpidural shots:

Epidural stands for ‘around the spinal cord.’ These injections typically include corticosteroid (a steroid medicine) and an anesthetic medicine. The effects of epidural shots seem to last for a few hours only and provide modest pain relief. Thus, these may not be used by your doctor to treat long-term back pain. If you suddenly started to have back pain, your doctor will probably consider other treatments first.

Side Effects of epidural injections

There are many potential risks and side effects associated with epidural shots. Although these are all quite rare, you should discuss it with your physician who will be conducting the procedure.

The steroid medication in the epidural shots itself carries potential side effects risks. However, as compared to oral steroids side effects, these tend to be much less prevalent and rare.

Following are some of the side effects due to the medicinal steroids in the epidural injections:

  • Avascular necrosis (severe hips arthritis)
  • Headaches
  • Pain increase
  • Anxiety
  • Facial reddening
  • Mild fever after the shot
  • Sleeplessness
  • A temporary decrease in immunity
  • High blood sugar levels
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Mild pain or soreness
  • Cataracts
  • nausea
  • vomiting

When should you report the side effects of epidural shots to your physician?

Following are some conditions after an epidural steroid shot which you must report to your doctor:

  • You feel a fever of 101 degrees or more for over 24 hours, which could be due to an infection.
  • You feel a painful headache while standing or sitting up which relieves when you lay down. It could be due to a dural puncture.
  • You have a loss of feeling or functioning in your arms or legs.
  • You feel intense and severe pain which cannot be controlled by any pain-killers or other medications.
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control after the lessening of the numbness.

All the above-mentioned side effects are non-conforming effects. You need to discuss it with your doctor so that they can assess these problems thoroughly.

To sum it all up

stretching and exerciseWhile the large percentage of people soon recover naturally from back pain, the rest of these people find relief by modifying their weight, adjusting sitting arrangements, and stretching.

Still, others suffer enduring back pain. Some of these people will sit inappropriately in chairs, or on couches until their lower back finally dents, forming the shape of the chair position they are sitting in. These people often spend a lifetime indulging in over-the-counter meds, such as analgesics. If they would get off the couch, align the back with stretching exercises and the support of Chiropractors, the pain may disappear.

Still, other people suffer life-long back pain due to injuries, trauma, disease, and so on. The downside is these people rarely get the treatment they deserve, since it is rarely recommended by doctors. In short, doctors will often recommend over-the-counter medications, i.e. painkillers to resolve the problem. Doctors rarely tell patients to exercise, diet, etc. Sometimes you may hear, “Lose some weight,” yet the doctor will rarely tell the patient how to do it.

Painkillers work to eliminate inflammation and sometimes pain, yet what doctors fail to tell the patients is that some of these painkillers are in fact killers. In addition, painkillers do not have the same affect on all persons. For sure, some painkillers will reduce pain for some, while others may continue hurting.

This leads us to drug addictions and alcoholism, since these people need help coping with the pain, and if doctors are not offering that help, thus drugs and alcohol is the answer. We have another problem.

In view of the facts, back pain recoveries lay behind information. When a patient has an idea as to what is causing their pain, they can move to treatments that help them to find relief.

Fact: When a person is aware of cause, effect, only then can they take action to eliminate the cause. When a person is aware of the cause, they can move to acceptance, in turn acceptance moves them to act.

How do I find the cause?

You find the cause by researching  your condition. Once you begin the research your eyes will open, which leads you to discuss with your doctor, treatments to eliminate your pain. Doctors prescribe medicines, recommend tests, and encourage surgeries in some instances, thus these people rarely focus on REAL HEALTH, which includes stretching and exercise.

Stretching and Exercise has proven to reduce even the worst back pain and we need to inform doctors that this is the gatekeeper to good health.

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