Summary: Back pain can be classified into three broad categories, namely axial, referred and radicular and there are separate treatments for each.
Back pain is now common specially among office going people who work for long hours in front of a computer or which is brought about by age due to degenerative bone conditions. This may involve the entire back or just the lower portion of the back just above the hips. Lower back pain, however, is more common. Mechanical or axial back pain can either be mild or acute, depending on the patient’s posture or daily activities.
Mechanical back pain worsens when the patient’s activities aggravates it. Front bending, for example, while gardening or slouching while sitting in a chair are its principal causes and relief can be got by changing positions only. Lying down helps for short period of time but staying in a supine position for too long can aggravate the condition. This type of back pain responds best to conservative treatment. Mild pain killers, heat treatment, massage and muscular manipulation are the prescribed forms of treatment and the patient usually gets relief quickly.
Referred pain, the second type of back pain is usually dull in nature and tends to move around. It intensifies or reduces sporadically with the discomfort originating in the lower back, spreading to the buttocks, groin area and upper thighs. This calls for collective treatment of ligaments, spine joints and muscles of the area in a conservative manner.
Radicular back pain, the third type is usually chronic and acute causing great discomfort to the patient. It starts from the hips and runs down the legs and is also called a sciatic nerve condition. The other symptoms are numbness, muscle weakness and a tingling sensation in the feet. This pain is generally caused spinal injury or due to a disturbed or prolapsed disc. Bone changes brought about by arthritis are also a cause for this pain.
This condition is usually treated by surgery, followed by conservative care to reduce inflammation, correct nerve imbalances and to straighten your posture. It is always advisable to avoid certain fatty foods in order to control back pain. Smoking is also strictly forbidden to avoid osteoporotic bone changes and smokers tend to heal more slowly in back pain cases.
It is also seen that weaknesses in any three of principal abdominal muscles are also responsible for chronic back pain by compressing small joints and discs of the lower back. It is, therefore, imperative to keep these muscles well toned through regular exercise and here, yoga is said to be extremely effective.
Summary: Soma is a centrally acting muscle relaxant and is sold in the U.S. uner the trade name of Soma and in European countries under the trade names of Sanoma and Carisoma. It is an FDA approved drug but some countries are taking it off the market over concerns related to abuse.
Soma is the American marketing name of Carisoprodol. It is a centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant. Its solubility is independent of pH and it is totally soluble in acetone, chloroform, and alcohol and partially soluble. Soma can be consumed standalone, but it can also be sold mixed with aspirin. Carisoprodol is quite old, it was discovered by accident in the late 50’s. Originally intended to be an antiseptic, it was found to have muscle relaxation properties. It is based on meprobamate, owing to several desirable properties this has like better muscle relaxation and less chance of abuse. The name is derived from the name of an ancient Indian hallucinogenic medicine that has been written about in Sanskrit texts.
Although approved by the FDA, there have been reports that the drug has potential for abuse. And it has all the related problems associated with recreational drugs like problems realted to dependence and withdrawal. Hence, in European countries and even in Canada, alternatives are preferred. In November 2007, the drug was taken off the market in Sweden after it was found that it has no significant advantage over alternatives and in fact has some addiction related drawbacks. Less than a year later, Norway also took the drug off the market. The European Medicines Agency in the European Union has released a statement recommending not to use this drug in the treatment of acute back pain. It can however, be used to treat chronic back pain.
In the United States Carisoprodol is not a controlled substance under federal laws but 19 states have classified it as a schedule IV controlled substance. Main concerns about this drug are that tolerance develops very quickly and a patient has to take more of this medicine in order to achieve the desired effects. And the problem with ingesting more of this is that dependence sets in. Hence this drug is not recommended for people who have had a history of addiction.
Carisoprodol is available only by prescription and physicians are usually wary of prescribing it and will consider other options before prescribing it. Although not a controlled substance, the potential for abuse exists. Its usage is limited to no more than two or three weeks maximum and it has to be withdrawn gradually. The drug is primarily an analgesic, a pain killer and causes mild euphoria. And it is also a sedative so one should refrain from driving or operating machinery after ingesting this.
Back pains can be a major disturbance to an individual’s daily activities. Unless this condition is treated, there is no way that a normal day is achieved. The presence of an excruciating and sharp pain is an indicator that a nerve ending is usually pressured. Postures are also a big contributor during back problems because body structure can be twisted in an abnormal manner.
Back problem is perhaps the most underrated health condition common to people. The pain associated with this type of dilemma is difficult to contain. For decades, medical doctors come up with different approaches and applications in dealing with this health issue to no avail. While there are drugs and scientific methods of alleviating the soreness of this body structure, its recurrence is high. Back pains keep individuals out of their usual routines and activities. In fact, it is a major reason for absences at work. Back problem may be an indication of regression. The presence of back pains, however, can perhaps be presenting an underlying predicament.
Medical doctors are tracing the uncanny emergence of back problems among young and middle-aged individuals. The immediate occurrence of pain on the lower portion of a person’s body has been blamed mostly on heavy-lifting activities. Diagnosing its presence is easier compared to subjecting it for treatment. Majority of back issues among individuals are related, in one way or the other, to activities done in the past. The actions involved in doing those chores may have done something to the back framework of a person. Such impact will only emerge a few months or years after.
The effectiveness of drugs in combating back pains is limited within a short period of time. Prescribed medicines can only eliminate the pain for as long as the substance is in the body system. To reinforce the treatment against back problems, physicians are employing exercise which promotes proper postures and helpful stretching methods. Symptoms arising from back complications are spearheaded by sharp pains. These kinds of pains are almost immediate that it weakens the body of any individual. A related symptom is a twitching feeling traced to nerve roots that indicates disturbance or suffering within the body frame.
Apart from the disorders of the internal organs, the symptomatic indicator of back pain is triggered by nerve endings. The irritations which are usually associated with numbness and excruciating pain do happen because a nerve is twisted or pressured. Such pressure affects the normal flow of the system passing through the back area. Once the nerve is pressed in an awkward manner, irritation will definitely occur. Moreover, back pain symptoms can also be contributed by spinal disk problems. Postures involved in lifting activities or body twisting exercises will affect the biological behaviour of the back area of a person. Furthermore, back pains among older people can be symptoms or signs of a degenerative disk or bone in the back structure caused by ageing and nutritional imbalance.
Summary: A common medical condition that we have encountered at some point in our lives is back pain. This condition is caused by a variety of factors and medical conditions. Consult your health care professional for proper advice on how to deal with your back pain.
Back pain is probably one of the most common discomforts that we have ever felt at some point in our life. In order to deal effectively with relieving this condition, we need to have a good understanding of what causes this disorder. In this way we can also formulate ways of preventing situations that may exacerbate or aggravate the pain we feel in our backs that could potentially lead to more serious medical conditions later on.
One of the most common causes of back pain is muscle strain, which occurs when there is an unexpected movement of the muscle in the wrong direction as in a twist, or trauma that could result in tears in the muscle tissue leading to pain.
Ligamentous strains are also very common causes of back pain that results from excessive stretching of the ligaments that is far beyond the normal means as a result of trauma or excessive athletic training.
Compression of the spinal nerves that result in herniated discs is one serious cause of back pain that need to be supervised and treated by your physician and physical therapist. These are usually the result cyclic vibrating movements or as a result of the wrong method of lifting heavy objects resulting in disc herniation. This type of injury causes radicular pain at the origin of trauma as well as the areas where the specific nerves course through.
For people beyond the age of fifty, there is a condition that causes back pain called spinal stenosis. This condition is due to a narrowed canal of the spine, which is caused by bony spurs as well as arthritic conditions. This injury is further aggravated when the sufferer lifts heavy objects as well as walking for prolonged periods. In order to correct the condition, surgery may need to be done.
Among the many causes of back pain for people over a certain age, osteoarthritis seems to be the culprit for people over 50 with chronic back pain issues. This is due to wear and tear and is part of aging. This could easily be prevented if the person maintains an active and healthy lifestyle by eating the right food, staying mobile through exercise and maintaining correct posture at all times.
For people that have a rheumatic disease, fibromyalgia is a common cause of chronic back pain. Features of this condition include equal areas of pain accompanied by fatigue and insomnia. The condition should be present for at least three consecutive months with pain affecting specific sites of the back in order to have a diagnosis.
Summary: If you suffer from excruciating back pain brought on by the growing baby in your womb, you might need to take a few steps to find safe ways of preventing this common symptom from ruining your day. Maintaining proper posture an providing good spine support are some of the ways you can relieve back pain.
Back pain is one of the most common causes of discomfort of pregnant women. The fact that being pregnant means you can’t just pop a pill to make the pain go away due to possible effects on the unborn baby means finding other alternative ways to relieve yourself of this painful condition brought by the growing weight of the baby that is making your center of gravity go awry leading to more stress on your spine and lumbar area.
The first thing you need to do in order to deal with back pain during your pregnancy is to maintain proper anatomic posture at all times. This may require some discipline especially if you have already developed the habit of slouching. Do not stand for prolonged periods of time as this leads to more stress in your spine. Just the same try to avoid sitting for long periods as this can lead to pain in the lumbar region.
Another way to deal with pregnancy back pain is to put away those killer heels for now and start wearing shoes that are designed to be very comfortable. Shoes that have terrific arch support can do wonders for your back pain symptoms.
If you are working while pregnant and need to sit for a prolonged period it might be best to get an ergonomic chair that will provide good neck and back support to avoid stress leading to excruciating back pain. The use of an adjustable foot rest combined with a comfortable lumbar pillow is a great adjunct to using a good chair that can relieve your symptoms.
While sleeping be sure to sleep on your side using a pregnancy pillow in between your legs. Put a nice comfy pillow below your pregnant belly in conjunction with the one in between the legs to provide excellent spinal alignment during resting at night to avoid the symptoms of back pain.
Avoid lifting heavy objects if possible and when you do be sure to keep your back straight at all times. Be sure to consult with your health care professional about safe stretching exercises that you can perform to help prevent back pain. Exercises serve to provide better back muscles and result to better spinal support and lesser back pain.
You can also do some meditation and some relaxing soaks in the bathtub to help relieve the stress on your spine brought by your growing baby.
Summary: Back pain is a common problem nowadays among most age groups which is caused due to a number of reasons. Lifestyle, sitting posture, accidents are a few among many reasons why a person gets lower back pain.
Back pain, especially in the lower back region is a common phenomenon nowadays, and is seen mostly in those who work in offices or at computers for long periods of time. The condition induces tissue and muscle stretch or sprain, leading to sporadic or chronic pain in the lower back. Torn or injured ligaments, disc herniation and age-induced deterioration of the vertebrae are also causes of lower back pain.
Often inflammation of the sciatic nerve, spinal stenosis, natural bending of the spine or scoliosis, or a space occupying lesion or tumor which causes friction among surrounding nerves of the lower back may cause also pain. It is seen that patients of postherpetic neuralgia or spinal shingles suffer from the condition as do patients of severe abdominal or kidney problems. This pain, of course, is referred and cannot be attributed to orthopedic conditions, which include facet joint and ligament degeneration due to increased vertebral action.
In terms of treatment, back pain is best dealt with conservatively. Doing regular Yoga has proved to be very effective and doing certain asanas dictated by yogic principles help alleviate the problem. The other traditional methods include, acupuncture, massage, pain killers, physiotherapy and chiropractic procedures.
Yogic exercises are known to increase blood supply and, therefore, oxygen to the lower back and this helps in stretching the muscles evenly and without undue pressure. The other remedy is Pilates but yoga has and will continue to have precedence over anything else to relieve you of your suffering. As you stretch while dong yogic exercises, you are compelled to breathe deeper and this sends blood gushing to the lower back to dilute the toxins present there and to release blocked energy in the form of pain and stiffness.
Lifestyle changes are strongly advised as a first step towards back pain treatment. Try sitting in straight backed chairs and avoid slouching at any cost. This should become a habit with you and don’t go back to your wrong posture once the pain disappears. When you stand, try and keep your body weight evenly on two legs and if possible, try and stand on an elevated platform so that your feet are off the ground and keep your hips aligned to your ears. Every ten minutes or so, try and shift your weight from foot to foot. Sit straight and level your knees with your hips without crossing your legs. Try and avoid hunching when working on the computer.
Back pain can be unbearable if it is extreme and chronic. There are various treatments available for back pain in the market. Among prescriptive medication, Tramadol is widely used to treat lower back pain.Tramadol is a synthetic drug used for providing pain relief to patients. It is successfully used for treating moderate to severe pain. It is also used for the treatment of restless legs syndrome and fibromyalgia. It is used by patients to treat various types of pains like neck pain, back pain, leg pain and even labor pain.
It is a type of opioid synthetic analgesic medication. Tramadol helps to release the neurotransmitter serotonin and slow down the reuptake of norepinephrine. Tramadol helps to change the manner in which our body sense pain. Hence it provides relief from any type of pain. Tramadol is a stronger pain reliever compared to that of acetaminophen. Moreover it has a weak narcotic effect and not as addictive as many other such drugs. Patients develop only a low dependency towards the drug.
However, long-term usage of the drug as well as high dosage intake can prove addictive. An overdose of the drug may lead to severe consequences. Also, you should not club this medication with certain other drugs. This may aggravate the unwanted side effects and may even prove fatal. Avoid taking alcohol and tranquilizers along with Tramadol. Drug interactions must be ascertained before taking Tramadol. It is better to consult a doctor and inform him the medications you are currently taking. He can thus help you to stop the drugs which may lead to any drug interactions.
Tramadol is available in the form of pills and can be taken orally. You can also inject Tramadol intravenously. However doctors prescribe the pill form of Tramadol for treatment.Along with the prescriptive drug Tramadol, you may also go for yoga treatment and vitamin D intake. This will also help you to reduce lower back pain.
Tramadol may be bought from medical shops nearby your locality. There are many websites that sell this drug. You can order the medication from them online. It is cheaper to buy them online. You may browse through various websites and compare their prices before buying them online.
Tramadol is an effective pain reliever. You may very well use it for lower back pain treatment. However, you should take precautions and abuse them safely as these drugs can be abused by patients.
SUMMARY: Vicodin is among the drug of choice used against moderate to severe case of pain. The effectiveness of this compound is attributed to the potent combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. These narcotic and non-narcotic ingredients are strong enough to eliminate body discomforts. However, due to the addictive properties of a narcotic drug, vicodin must be utilized with caution under the strict control of a doctor’s prescription.
Vicodin is a significant medicine used by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain. The effect of this drug is strong. Its capability to inhibit substances which cause soreness or body aches is vital to the compound’s reaction in eliminating pain. Vicodin has long been in circulation as a trusted pain medication. However, acquiring it needs a physician’s prescription. The scientific name for vicodin is acetaminophen hydrocodone. The elements contained in this compound are both narcotic and non-narcotic. Hydrocodone belongs to substances which constitutes narcotic ingredients that repel pain. On the other hand, acetaminophen is a common drug utilized against common sting or throbbing.
The potent drug is also known as Lorcet, Lortab and Norco in the market. Vicodin is a popular choice as a pain reliever in Western countries. One big reason for this is its immediate effect against serious body tenderness. Abbott Laboratories manufacture the drug since its development in the early 80s. Vicodin is made available through oral, tablet and capsule forms. While the compound is an effective option against the relentless onset of pain, it is also considered dangerous. The drug is classified as a controlled substance under Schedule Three under the Federal Drug Law. It means that Vicodin needs prescription without the supporting paper works. It also indicates that only a limited number of its forms can be purchased to control an individual’s intake upon doctor’s instructions.
What keeps Vicodin a level above the rest of the other pain medications is its powerful and effective toning down of body disturbances. A large percentage of acetaminophen dominates the content of the compound with a small part addition of the hydrocodone substance. There is a reason why both elements have been mixed to form a strong combination. Aside from its function in eliminating pain, acetaminophen also allows a quick absorption of hydrocodone into the body. This immediate incorporation into the system allows both elements to counter the disturbing components of pain.
The acetaminophen content of vicodin has added indication. Aside from its role in eliminating pain, it is also counters cough symptoms. Although it has been manufactured primarily as a pain reliever, the acetaminophen ingredient in the drug can also be utilized in countering other body disturbances like fever. The normal vicodin content is 500 mg acetaminophen and 5 mg hydrocodone. However, higher doses like the 7.5/750 and the 10/660 ratios are also available. Intake of the compound must be limited under eight tablets daily so as to prevent overdose. Due to its narcotic content, vicodin works in the brain to remove pain. It is very important that the use of this drug must take into account the addictive properties of its narcotic ingredient for the entire duration of the medical prescription. It should also be noted that combination with other substances like alcohol can be very dangerous.
Codeine is a weak pain reliever and cough medicine which is similar to morphine. It is a pain reliever derived from the opium poppy plant. The body actually converts a small amount of it into morphine. It works by binding the opioid receptors in the brain which transmit pain signals from the brain to the body. This increases the level of pain tolerance in the patient and decreases their discomfort. However, it does not completely relieve the pain and the patient can still feel it. It is combined with other medicines to make it more effective.
Codeine is also known as Codeine phosphate, codeine sulfate and methyl morphine. It is also unofficially known by many names such as T-threes, coties, etc. Doctors prescribe this pill with other medication for pain relief after minor surgery, broken bones, sprains, migraines and other minor pains. It only relieves the symptoms and does not treat the cause. It is more commonly found in cough syrups. This drug is not prescribed for those below the age of 16. Codeine comes in tablet, capsule and syrup form. It should only be taken in the measurement prescribed by your doctor.
Before taking Codeine, inform your doctor if you are allergic to it or under any other type of medication. It is also important to mention any type of surgery, illness or disease you may have had. Limit or stop your intake of Codeine if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Codeine is shown to be absorbed in breast milk and can be quiet harmful to your child. Codeine is also known to make a person drowsy, lightheaded and may cause dizziness and fainting. Thus avoid taking this medicine when driving, taking care of a child etc. Avoid taking alcohol when under this medication.
Codeine use can be quite addictive and habit forming and thus in most countries such as the United States, a prescription is required for this drug. Codeine is said to create a feeling of extreme happiness and well being. However, when the effects wear off, it can cause the user to feel depressed and nervous. This leads to addiction. It is quite easy to obtain Codeine legally as it is available in many cough syrups. Overdosing on codeine can be fatal as it can cause a patient to stop breathing. If you have forgotten one dose, take it as soon as your remember but avoid it if you are close to your next dose.