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Why Does My Back Ache?

Back pain can strike anyone at any time, but it is more likely to affect us as we get older. Sometimes it's as simple as overdoing it at the gym or doing yard work. However, it should always be checked out.

The number of things that can cause a backache are many, but the most common are arthritis, injuries, muscle aches, disc problems, kidney problems, prostate problems and pregnancy. As you can see, the treatments for the pain may differ wildly depending on the cause. Home remedies will be discussed after a brief description of the problems involved.

1) Arthritis: While gout and rheumatoid arthritis are possible in the spine, osteoarthritis is by far more common. This is due to the wear and tear of normal living, though calcium deficiencies may also play a role.

2) Injuries: There are a lot of different types of tissue in the back, and all of it can be subject to injury. Muscles, ligaments and nerves are most often the damaged part of the body. If the spinal cord is damaged, it can result in paralysis, which can be deadly depending on how high the damage is. Anything above the fifth cervical vertebrae stands a chance at being fatal.

3: Muscle aches: Muscles are often pulled in the back, especially when we use improper lifting techniques. Accidents can also do harm to this area. This sort of injury can take months to years before healing occurs.

4) Disc Problems: There is a cushion between your vertebrae that is there to help keep the bones from rubbing on each other. Sometimes, these discs are damaged or slip sideways and the bones grate. This can be very painful, and can potentially cause paralysis.

5) Kidney Problems: Whether it's an infection, stones or kidney disease, most of the pain felt from kidney problems is in the back. If it's a stone, it may migrate to the side as the stone moves through the system.

6) Prostate Problems: Many times there is no pain signal from this organ. If it's BPH (benign prostate hypoplasia), you may notice a dull ache in your lower back, but more of your concentration will probably be on the urinary aspect of the disease, as they are more dramatic.

7) Pregnancy: A lot of pain goes along with pregnancy and childbirth. Due in part to the load up front, the back can often bear the brunt of it. Towards the end of the pregnancy, you can toss in a hormonal change that relaxes the joints in the pelvic region in preparation for childbirth.

One you've had your problem diagnosed, the first four causes of back pain can be helped by the same things. Capsaicin can cause the brain to be confused and turn off the pain signal, though it is very strong. If you choose to use it, test it on a small area before applying it to the entire area of the ache.

An extraction of willow bark and gotu kola are also helpful. This can be done either in olive oil or triple distilled vodka. This is for topical use only and should never be ingested.

If you have a kidney problem, you will need to coordinate home remedies with your doctor. For an infection, ask about using garlic along with whatever antibiotic prescribed. As garlic is also sulfar based, it's a good idea to make sure it won't be too much of a good thing.

To soothe the kidneys, try corn silk and oatmeal. These are not used for healing anything, just to help make them feel better. If a diuretic is needed, ask about using parsley and dandelion root.

Prostate problems can be helped somewhat with home remedies. Saw palmetto is often recommended to prevent or reduce the impact of BPH. If you choose to use it, make sure your doctor knows before you have a PSA test, as it could skew the results. Pumpkin seeds are also beneficial to the prostate.

There isn't much you can do about backache in pregnancy, as anything you take or use topically will be shared with the child. You may find alternating heat and ice reduces the pain somewhat. Massage may be of benefit, too.

Backaches can cause a significant impact on your life, especially if the cause lies in your organs. It's important to check with your doctor for any unexplained pain. When you visit the doctor, make sure to tell him/her about any medical conditions you may have. Also give a complete list of all medications/supplements you are using. This will help you avoid side effects and drug/herb interactions.

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My eBook Home Remedies for Back Pain contains a wealth of information about back pain and supplements or treatments that may be beneficial.
Causes of Back Pain: Pages Three through Five
Remedies for Back Pain: Pages Seven through Ten

Alternative Remedies: Pages Ten through Thirteen

Herbal Remedies for Back Pain: Pages Thirteen through Twenty-Nine

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