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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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What is the difference between chronic back pain and sciatica?

What is the difference between chronic back pain and sciatica?

Refer to answer: Any pain lasting more than three weeks is called chronic pain. Sciatica is the pain caused pressure on the sciatic nerve roots in the spine from external compression. ...Read more

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Do chronic back pains effect the success of the ivf? Is there any relationship between chronic back pain and success of pregnancy?

Do chronic back pains effect the success of the ivf?  Is there any relationship between chronic back pain and  success of pregnancy?

There can be a : There may be a relationship between the chronic back pain directly or indirectly. Issues like ovarian cysts, endometriosis and even fibroids can have presentations as back pain. Indirectly, the psychological changes that can be measured on specific testing techniques on people who have had pain for 6 months or longer are apparent and this can also be a factor ...Read more

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I am on percoet 10-325, 4 per day. I don't take anything else for pain. My pain is getting worse. I have chronic back pain. I have osteoporosis, b?

I am on percoet 10-325, 4 per day.  I don't take anything else for pain.  My pain is getting worse.  I have chronic back pain.  I have osteoporosis, b?

Need options: Percocet doesn't treat the cause of the pain. Especially if they are no longer working, you need to seek options for treatment. First must diagnose the underlying cause then a better treamement plan can be employed. Injection therapy, physical therapy, other medications to help with other symptoms should be considered. Longer acting and stronger meds are only options if you don't respond to tx. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could I do about chronic back pain?

Exercise and: Physical therapy are key. Do not stay in bed, make sure you get up, move around, work on core strengthening. These things will all help with chronic back pain. Discuss with your physician first, but consider things like yoga. See www.Spine-health.Com for some more information. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How can I stop or lessen chronic back pain without pills?

How can I stop or lessen chronic back pain without pills?

Find out the cause: The best answer is to determine the exact cause of the pain and have it treated. To do this, you have to go to an experienced pain specialist. If this is not possible, try doing yoga or pilates combined with gentle aerobic exercise. ...Read more

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What mattresses are best for people with chronic back pain?

Which ever 1 that-: -feels the best. Some patients swear by water beds,others firm or soft. This tells U there is no way to specify which is best 4 U. Go to a large mattress store & lie down on them all & see if 1 really feels good. Some have 30 day trials so U get a better feel 4 the 1 4 U. ...Read more

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I'm a female athlete with chronic back pain for months, what to do?

See a physician: Chronic back pain can be cause by any number of conditions such as degenerative discs, herniated disc, pinched nerves, arthritis in the spinal joints, etc. I would recommend seeing a physician for further evaluation/treatment. Your treatment may require modification or even stoppage of your athletic activities - usually just temporarily. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have chronic back pain. What are a few natural ways to help relive the pain?

I  have chronic back pain.  What are a few natural ways to help relive the pain?

Natural rx back pain: Walking, walking, walking! proper posture with good supports in your chairs when sitting and in your mattress at night. An additional back roll (foam) may help. Moist heat on the muscles may help, or alternating hot packs with cold packs. Exercises like yoga to do gentle stretches and improve flexibiilty. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Chronic Back Pain (Definition)

Chronic back pain is pain that lasts for more than 3 months. Chronic back pain has usually not responded to conservative measures. Other treatment options include ...Read more