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    Low Back Pain- A Short Study
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    emmacampbell posted:
    Low back pain is something majority of people these are being diagnosed owing to hurried and stressful life that demands performance 24/7. Low back pain can happen to anyone and everywhere below the region of ribs but above the legs.
    It is a common thing to hurt your back while you twist, reach or lift. Be informed to know that during the course of our life, almost everyone has low back pain at one point or another with or without any reasons.


    Causes Of Low Back Pain


    There could be many causes of low back pain such as



    • Injury, strain and overuse of muscles or exhaustive work
    • Increasing age or aging
    • Herniated disc
    • Arthritis
    • Continued illness
    • Compression fractures
    • A childhood spine issue


    It is also a fact that often doctors don't have much idea as to what causes low back pain sometimes.


    Symptoms Of Low Back Pain


    The symptoms of a low back pain will simply depend on the cause of the low back pain one is experiencing. The pain could be sharp or dull and can cover only a specific area or more and one may also get muscle spasms.


    Leg symptoms such as numbness, pain, tingling or a pain extending below the knee can also arise as a result of low back pain. If the pain is grave then a serious issue called Cauda Equina Syndrome can also occur especially if the nerves at the spinal cord's end is squeezed and a quick emergency medical advice must be sought upon.


    Diagnosis Of Low Back Pain


    A doctor while diagnosing the low back pain enquire about your past health history, symptoms and activities following which a physical exam may follow depending on what a cause of the pain may be known and a serious one may be ruled out.


    Various medical examinations such as CT scans, MRIs and X-rays have been known not to help to know the cause.
    If your back pain is troubling you for more than 6 weeks, it may be advised to take up one of these above tests.


    Treatment Of Low Back Pain


    It has been known that most of the low back pain improves with basic first aid which includes doing light activities such as walking or taking some known and trusted prescribed medications such as Cymbalta, a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor antidepressant (SSNRI) which has been proved to ease low back pain.


    Walking can still be termed as the best and simplest exercise for lower back as it helps in blood circulation and keeps muscles to stay strong.


    One may also try other things as well such as spinal manipulation, acupuncture and massage to keep the menace of low back pain away.


    Referred Links


    http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/tc/low-back-pain-topic-overview



    http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/news/20100205/antidepressant-cymbalta-eases-back-pain


    http://www.planetdrugsdirect.com/articles/gout-what-a-pain-in-the-joint
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    An_255018 responded:
    Who are you and why are you posting this in a BiPolar Community??

    If you are one of the new moderators that WebMD has started to employ again, please identify yourself.

    Thank you.
     
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    reneegigliotti replied to An_255018's response:
    I think they committed an "ooops". Wrong site.


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