Managing Neck and Back Pain

Managing Neck And Back Pain

Back pain is often under or over-diagnosed. Some cases its merely pain from tired joints and muscles, but for some, it can be associated with underlying problems that need medical attention.

Lumbar Strain. One of the most common causes of neck and back pain are stretch injuries from sports and heavy lifting activities. Lumbar strain in other words in caused by microscopic tears on tendons, ligaments or muscles and can happen on any age and even on athletes. Its best to have it checked to pinpoint where the damage is, and your doctor can prescribe supportive gear and therapy for chronic cases.

Early symptoms of heart problems. There are several overlooked symptoms that foretell a heart attack. In one study in 2003 for heart attacks on women, among the frequent acute symptoms were fatigue, indigestion, nausea, chest and upper back pain. Pay attention to these signs and have your blood pressure checked regularly. For any unusual cluster of symptoms, again please consult with your doctor.

Depression can come with chronic back pain. One time back pain due to sore muscles can be remedied with pain relievers, but if this is an everyday discomfort, it can affect your life and work. Subsequently, many chronic back pain patients show signs of depression. If you have a partner, family member or aware that you’re experience this, take action right away. It may not just be because of the hours of sitting at the office and this can be underlying symptoms on an illness that needs proper medical attention.

Unexplained weight loss with back pain and neurological problems. If you have no apparent reason for rapid shedding off pounds, visit your doctor. Losing more than 5 lbs. a week isn’t considered healthy, more serious if you’re not even in a diet or intense weight loss program. If it’s associated with chronic spinal pain, chills, and nausea, it can be symptoms of a tumor or cancer. It’s best to consult your doctor for tests that can determine the cause of your weight loss.

Fatigue. Day to day tasks can really drain our energy but if you notice chronic body and spinal aches even after days of recuperation from physical work, this can be symptom of musculoskeletal disease. Chronic fatigue can lead to mood swings and can be debilitating if left unattended. In some cases these can just be inflamed joints and tendons, but can also be signs of fibromyalgia. Check with your doctor for treatment and what you can do to relieve the periodic outbreaks of pain and fatigue.


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