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How Can I Remedy My Chronic Back Pain And Spasms
Get a diagnosis : Chronic back pain in a middle-aged person is most likely due to an underlying musculoskeletal pathology. A long list of things can cause this problem which makes it important to consult your doctor to obtain a proper diagnosis. Regardless of the diagnosis, effective treatment is likely available. Simply treating your symptoms blindly with pain medications is not advised. ...Read more
Depends on…: Cause(s) of the pain—injury, muscle spasm, disc problem, spinal stenosis, tumor, etc. Nsaids (otc or rx strength) provide pain relief & fight inflammation. Muscle relaxers can calm tight, spastic muscles as can moist heat applied to affected areas. Stretching, yoga, massage therapy, osteopathic therapy can help others. Some, however, require services of pain management specialist. ...Read more
Back Pain Options: This back pain as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more
Depend on type: A physical examination will be able to identify posture, movement patterns, muscle strength, weakness, tight muscles, etc which can play a huge role in your spine (low back) stability and function. Things that you should do anyways include: don't smoke, keep a healthy weight (bmi between 19-25), maintain good posture and ergonomics and exercise regularly. You should visit your doctor. ...Read more
Back pain; prostate: Is your prostate just enlarged, or have u been diagnosed with prostate cancer? If the prostate is just enlarged/chronically inflamed, treating those conditions will help alleviate pain. If cancer that has spread, an oncologist can offer options for treatment & pain relief. So, need to see urologist or oncologist depending on situation. ...Read more
What can I do to relieve back pain? My back keeps having spasms and it's extremely painful to sleep/walk.
See below: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more
Several things: You could try applying heat or cold (experiment; just don't overdo to avoid burn or frostbite). Over the counter pain relievers may help (follow package instructions and warnings). Stretching and muscle strengthening can also help; you may need to see a therapist or trainer. If simple measures fail, see your primary care provider for exam and options. ...Read more
PT: My advise is to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist to evaluate your condition. Then appropriate exercises are generally all that is neede, including emphasis on core strength and avoiding improper straining activities that may exacerbate back pain. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've got a terrible back ache in shoulder blades and lower back due to rugby injuries. How do I cure or relieve the pain? It's exruciating! please help
Depends: It depends in part on the length and severity of the pain as well as the underlying cause. Many simple cases are treated with rest and medications, more involved cases are often treatd with physical therapy or chiropractic. Imaging the spine to aid in the diagnosis is oftened used for potentially more aggressive options. Thank you. ...Read more
Baclofen may help: If you had myelitis, you could have residual weakness and spasticity--need to be examined to ckeck you have spasticity--how is you urination?Urgency, frequency?--of course there is plenty of causes of muscle and tendon pain from tendinitis to radiculopathy among others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Core strengthening: The best thing for low back pain (assuming no structural problems) is to strengthen your core. This means sit ups, crunches and other abdominal and back-muscle exercises. There are tonnes of good work outs available online these days. Better yet find a work out buddy who can help to motivate you. Just make sure to check with your doc before starting any new exercise program. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Lose weight if overweight. Use proper lifting techniques (legs not back; don't lift & twist: turn whole body). Try otc NSAID for pain/inflammation. Stretching. If not enough, see doc for rx pain med & muscle relaxer. Give time for different combo's. Still not enough: see pain management physician. Pool exercises usually well tolerated by back pts. ...Read more
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