Arthritis Back Pain Relief... 5 Strategies


There are lots of back pain relief methods that work for arthritic back pain relief… but it takes

  • commitment
  • energy
  • time
  • work

Don’t be discouraged. Arthritis back pain relief is within your grasp… honestly!

I won’t lie to you.

It can be tough to overcome that arthritis back pain.

Relief is often a long way off… and the pain can return.

BUT… gradually, gradually… you will overcome…

,

If it is to be...
it is up to me!

I heard this first from Lew Tice of The Pacific Institute

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Arthritis back pain relief... Q? & A

Q: What is arthritis?

A: Arthritis is a frequently occurring problem in people over 45, and refers to more than 100 medical conditions. It is NOT just one disease.

What’s common to all is that the diseases are found in [mainly] the joints of the body… where two bones meet. What’s also common is that causes are not easy to pinpoint.

Medical science is baffled about the reasons people get arthritis, although there seem to be some repeating themes.

  • age
  • overweight
  • job that stresses the spine
  • injury
  • perhaps a genetic component

There is increasing evidence that many types of arthritis are the result of the inflammatory response gone "bad"... a condition that may be traceable to the foods we eat, and the resulting issues with the bowel..

The four most common types of arthritis are

  1. Osteoarthritis, where the cartilage between bones is worn away, resulting in bone-on-bone contact.
  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis is less common, but more troublesome. This disease results when the body’s own immune system targets cartilage.
  3. Gout results from uric acid accumulating in the joints, causing pain and degeneration. Diet is often pinpointed as the cause of gout.
  4. Ankylosing Spondylitis which has the following characteristics:
  • Limitation of motion of the lumbar spine in all 3 planes
  • History of pain or presence of pain at the thoraco-lumbar junction or in the lumbar spine
  • Limitation of chest expansion to 1 inch or less, as measured at the fourth intercostal space

Q: What kind of arthritis causes degenerative arthritis of the spine?

A: Degenerative Arthritis of the Spine [Spondylosis] is often found in conjunction with Osteoarthritis of the spine. However, the degenerative arthritis is not the same.

Spondylosis has to do with a narrowing of the space between adjacent vertebrae.

Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, the two most common of all arthritis of the spine problems, have several other names. The most general would be arthritis spine.

On the other hand… ALL spine arthritis is degenerative…

Q: What are the symptoms of arthritis spine?

A: You should suspect that arthritis is your underlying problem, if you experience the following lifestyle issues:

  • Pain and stiffness are worst in the morning, and later in the evening.
  • This pain may radiate up to your neck making it very sore and with limited mobility,
    - or into your head causing headaches.
  • Pain in the lower back, radiating down through your hips and legs when walking
  • Having to go up and down stairs in an unnatural manner:
    - not able to do one foot – one step...
    - moving sideways up and down a set of steps [crab walking]...
    - having to brace against a railing or nearby wall
  • Pain and stiffness in the back when getting in or out of a vehicle
  • Pain and stiffness when driving a vehicle, especially troublesome when shoulder checking for traffic
  • Back pain twinges… might even take your breath away… when doing household tasks that involve twisting, reaching, bending. Sometimes the pain may hit you when you’re trying to mix ingredients for a salad, or mixing baking-powder biscuits, or opening a cupboard... the pain arrives at the most peculiar times!
  • Bony growths on your spine [called spurs] that were not there before. These are also considered to be a normal part of aging.
    If these spurs get too large, they may cause
    - weakness,
    - numbness,
    - tingling,
    - pain in the legs which in turn may radiate down to a foot

More specifically,

  • the damaged cartilage between your vertebrae will be tender to the touch… even clothing may rub against the tender spot and make you gasp
  • your spine will be stiff and less mobile, making it difficult for you to twist, turn, bend over… basic spine-related movements will be restricted and painful
  • the soft tissue surrounding your spine will be show signs of inflammation:
    - swollen,
    - red,
    - tender and
    - hot to the touch
    [NOT to mention… hurts like billy-o!]
  • your back will be weaker, and muscles may deteriorate and get smaller.This means
    - you exert MORE effort to move,
    - which hurts more,
    - which means you move less,
    - which means your muscles get weaker…
    WHAT A VICIOUS CIRCLE!

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Q: How can I be sure its osteoarthritis of the spine?

A: The best [only?] answer is to go see your MD.

A good one will order a battery of tests:

  • x-rays to check for damage to the spine, joints, cartilage
  • MRI for further confirmation of damage
  • Blood work to eliminate other causes
  • Physical exam of the affected spinal joints

Along with discussion with you, and the results of these tests, a diagnosis can be made.

NOW I ASK YOU… does it matter if it’s arthritis that causes your problems as opposed to some other cause?

Let's face it...

  • PROBABLY… the treatment protocols will be similar…
  • ESPECIALLY those related to back pain relief.

Q: What will a medical doctor [MD] do to help with arthritis in the spine?

A: An alert and up-to-date, open-minded MD will discuss all of the following with you.

  1. diagnosis
    What's the problem?
  2. treatment protocols
    How will it be treated?
  3. prognosis
    What can you expect over time?

Normal treatment protocol

  • Over The Counter [OTC] analgesics and/or non-steroidal anti-inflammation drugs [NSAIDs]
  • Weight loss
  • Exercise
  • Use of aids to daily living [cane, picker-upper, sock-puller, bathtub supports]

Outside of the OTC idea, these seem pretty good to me… BUT… I still use OTC help when/if the pain gets debilitating.

Serious treatment protocol

  • Steroid or Hyaluronan Injections
  • Prescription pain killers and NSAIDs
  • Surgery

These scare me… so [thus far!] I’ve not overly depended on those ideas. Mind you, if the pain is excruciating... I go to my MD for prescription strength help.

But, I am convinced that the more I get into the natural pain relief methods, the less I will need these.


Here is what I found works for chronic back pain, resulting from immune system malfunction... this includes arthritis back pain.

If you find an MD who can tell you about ALL these… hang on tight and follow any advice… that one is one in a million!

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Q: Are there arthritis back pain relief "medicines" that will help?

A: You realize that I'm NOT a health professional, so my comments are to be taken with a grain of salt... preferably Himalayan Natural Iodized!

My research found several food/mineral/supplement items that would help.

  • Anti-inflammatory
    [Black Cherries, Boswellia, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Nuts, Beans, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Onions, High Fiber Foods]
  • Anti-oxidants
    [colorful berries, green veggies, beans]

How about red wine... supposedly with and-inflammatory powers? Up to you... but consult with your MD if you're on some prescription medication.

I discuss food, minerals, supplements and the like on my NUTRITION SUPPORT page.

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I have a sore lower back, but it's not caused by
arthritis.
So, what business do I have giving you advice?
Once again, a good question...
IT IS GOOD TO QUESTION MY CREDIBILITY HERE!
I firmly believe that the Sore Back Relief Protocol approach is
good for most sore backs, no matter what the cause.
Plus, I've done extensive research, and several of my friends with arthritic backs
say I'm spot on with this.

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Want some magic in your pain-full life?

This is close as it gets…

[IMHO]


Want to know more about arthritis back pain relief, and arthritis of the spine?
Here are links to resource sites...

Government Websites
About
Arthritis

Australia

Canada

Great Britain

USA

Non-Government Websites
About
Arthritis

Australia

Canada

Great Britain

USA