Common findings include disc bulges, degeneration in the discs or joints (arthritis) and disc protrusions. This means a person can get a diagnosis they did not need (e.g. disc bulge, wear and tear, degenerative spine disease, slipped disc), that won’t improve their recovery. It could also cause them harm through increasing worry about the cause of low back pain, cause people to start changing their life through resting more, not returning to work, and withdrawing from hobbies. Of huge concern, is it could increase the chances of people getting treatments that they did not need, or would not benefit from. These include strong painkillers like opioids, injections, and surgery. Therefore, the harms of getting an X-ray or scan far outweigh the benefits for the vast majority of people with low back pain. 6. Don't call an ambulance or visit the emergency department A severe episode of low back pain can be distressing but people should resist the temptation to call an ambulance or turn … [Read more...] about ‘People with back pain are often told to do the exact opposite of what the science says’
Why does pancreatic cancer cause back pain
MANY people experience back pain at some point in their life, but it usually improves within a few weeks and months. But what can you do to relieve the pain, and how do you know if you ought to seek medical help? What causes back pain? Often the causes of back pain aren’t clear and it isn’t always possible to identify why it occurs. If this is the case, doctors call this “non-specific” back pain. Sometimes the pain can be the result of a sprain or an injury, but it can occur for no apparent reason. In some incidences, back pain can be due to a slipped disc, where cartilage in the spine presses on a nerve. It could also be down to a medical condition such as sciatica, which is irritation of the nerve that stretches through the body from your hips to your feet.When should you contact your GP about back pain? You should consider seeing a healthcare professional if: the pain doesn’t improve within a few weeks it hinders your daily routine if it is severe and … [Read more...] about What causes back pain, are NHS injections ‘useless’ and when should you contact your GP?
Just three years ago, Jeannette Nutley didn't have a care in the world as she posed for a holiday snap while on a trip with her partner, Graham. But when the mum-of-five started to suffer with severe stomach pains just months after the photograph was taken, her health began to deteriorate rapidly. Jeannette and her family began to research her symptoms, convinced she was suffering from pancreatic cancer . Doctors didn't agree, and despite multiple appointments, Jeannette, from Bedford, was reassured time and time again that she did not have the serious illness. But when excruciating stomach pains stopped her from eating - and caused her weight to plummet from 10st to just 6st, her family knew something was seriously wrong. Just three years after her symptoms first appeared, Jeannette sadly died after receiving a terminal pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Her family are now trying to raise awareness of the devastating effects of pancreatic cancer, using heartbreaking pictures of Jeanette … [Read more...] about Heartbreaking pictures show devastating transformation of mum-of-five who developed ‘phobia of eating’ after being ravaged by pancreatic cancer
IF you have a bad back, it could be down to your bag.Three-quarters of women have had back pain, while 46 per cent wear bags on one side of their body – a key cause of aches, says the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).Here, SIOBHAN O’CONNOR tries out a range of bags before chiropractor Tim Hutchful gives his verdict on whether to BAG or BIN your old favourites, and explains good and bad ways to carry them.Tim says: Bags worn on only one side of the body can cause an imbalance of weight on your spine.To avoid getting “drop-shoulder” – where one shoulder is lower than the other – ensure you alternate arms when wearing it.Good: Pack light and swap shoulders. Make sure you regularly empty a large bag like this so you only carry what you need.Bad: It can be filled with too many items, which can restrict movement and strain muscles. Overall: BIN ITPrice: £85, Oliver BonasTim says: Sports bags and weekend bags can get very heavy, very … [Read more...] about We reveal the types of handbag that could be causing your back pain – and what you should switch to to cure it
IF you've ever suffered from back, hip and leg pain or digestive problems, it could be caused by your style of sofa and the way you are lounging on it.Specialists have seen a rise in complaints about physical pains and it has been directly linked to people who lounge and sprawl across a sofa.And it seems sofas aren't just damaging our health, they are also affecting our sex lives, the Daily Mail reported.Leading physiotherapist Richard Evans said: "We now frequently see patients suffering from back pain who admit that long periods of sitting at home on sofas in poor postural positions has both caused their pain or injury, and slows down their recovery. "And this number has definitely been on the rise since the fashion for squishier sofas started."Thanks to endless TV series, people are also getting hooked on spending long evenings on the couch glued to the box and people are now having less sex than previous generations.Although the average UK adult now spends more than half of … [Read more...] about Is your couch slowly killing you? Scientists reveal slouching on a comfy sofa can cause back pain and digestive problems