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Managing Chronic Back Pain

Jul 26, 2008
We all get some back pain now and again. Perhaps you overdid it a little playing tennis, or lifted a few too many heavy things. Your back will probably hurt a little bit for a day or two.

There are plenty of remedies for occasional back pain: ointments, pills and so on which can banish the back pain, at least for a time. A heating pad may even get rid of your back pain if it is a minor case. However, if you are one of the many who suffer from chronic back pain, than it will take more than that - the lack of an effective chronic back pain treatment is something of which you are already all too aware.

A Lifelong Problem

Chronic back pain is often a lifelong problem. You can do exercises to strengthen your back and reduce the effects of chronic back pain somewhat, but when the weather changes or the barometer drops, there will be a flare up. It's as if your back is reminding you of your injury and that there is nothing you can do to eliminate the pain entirely.

If chronic back pain was entirely limited to your back, it would be a lot easier to live with. Usually though, muscle spasms, damaged discs and the like affect you far beyond just the immediate area.

A damaged disc or discs will usually cause leg and ankle pain during a flare up along with the back pain. Which leg and ankle experience this pain depends which side your damaged disc is bulging out on. A bulge on the left equals pain in the left leg and ankle and vice versa.

The leg pain can be harder to bear than the chronic back pain itself! Sometimes the leg pain can be more intense. Chronic back pain is no picnic, no matter how you slice it.

The Stiffness Really Happens

It's certain that you have seen people, whether on TV or in real life complaining of stiffness due to chronic back pain. These people aren't faking it; something you yourself know if you suffer from chronic back pain. This is not only real, but very painful!

Living with chronic back pain is an unpleasant experience; though the pain can be managed by various treatments. You should take care of your back, however, to ensure that the odds of your having to live with chronic back pain are low.
About the Author
Kim Archer knows what it's like to suffer from chronic back pain. She is a regular contributor to Back Pain Treatment, a great information source on causes and treatments of back pain.
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