If you thought that you were the only one dealing with back or sciatica pain, you are definitely wrong. Statistic shows that one out of 10 people deals with lower back pain, and this ailment is defined as the number one cause of job disability in companies around the world.
The condition is worse in the US. Experts say that 8 out of 10 Americans deal with severe back pain, which is the major reason for pain killer addiction.
You may be affected with this condition, especially if you sit for long hours and refuse to treat your lower back pain. You will definitely manage to treat your condition with some posture-correcting exercises. And yes, walk more often. Excessive sitting never brings anything good.
Unfortunately, opioid drugs are considered as the only solution for back pain. Here is a terrifying fact – these drugs have shown to be a lot worse than heroin and cocaine when it comes to drug overdose in the US. People seem to forget about exercising.
‘’If you have back pain and suffer depression or anxiety you’re at even greater risk for opioid abuse and addiction,’’ as shown by the latest research.
Depression and back pain together reduce the risk of drug abuse
According to Medical News Today, a particular study involved 55 patients diagnosed with depression or anxiety. Each of them was given morphine, oxycodone, or a placebo, depending on their condition.
Patients with anxiety and depression struggled with huge side effects, and they did not experience great relief from the drugs they took. This was considered to lead to severe abuse.
When compared to other patients with low impact of depression or anxiety, the patients involved experienced:
- 50 percent less success in their back pain treatment
- 75 percent higher abuse of opioids
Study’s authors say that it is rather important to identify the symptoms of depression before the patients take opioid painkillers for their back pain. Such substances bring higher risk and reduced benefits.
Back pain triggers
Becoming aware of the factors that cause your back pain will help you get rid of it for good, but patients usually fail to identify the triggers. The latest research has shown that about two thirds of all the patients said that their pain was induced by a specific incident – usually lifting of weights or heavy load.
However, experts have a different explanation to the problem. Lower back pain is usually triggered several days or even weeks before they get aware of their discomfort. Alcohol consumption, sex, distraction during physical tasks, and fatigue are considered as rarely suspected triggers.
Accidents and sports injuries are listed as the most factors of chronic back pain. Improper body posture, obesity, excessive sitting, inactivity, and stress also increase the risk of back pain.
Determining your triggers will sure help you avoid a recurrence, but it is not of essential importance when it comes to addressing it.
How to behave when back pain strikes you
According to the Epoch Times, about 75-80 percent of the sufferers can improve their condition within 2-4 weeks without specific treatment. But, you can do several things to enjoy your success a lot faster.
First, try to relax yourself. This applies to both your back and mine. You can use some ice, use the benefits of acupuncture, or chiropractic therapies.
You may want to try a few anti-inflammatory herbs, such as boswellia, turmeric, and ginger. You could also do a research on your own, and see what herbs work best for you.
For most of you this is not essential, but addressing your emotions is a rather important issue. The central nervous system ‘marks’ the pain that harasses the body more than several minutes at neuronal level.
These so-called memories became part of you, and the pain may be present even after you have recovered from your injury. It may also re-occur at the time when it should not, even in moments of gentle touch. Retrain your brain with the help of several mind-body techniques. Take the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for instance, since it could be of great help.