Information and facts on Backache

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Backache also called "Lumbago" effects almost 80% of adults sometime, it is one of the most common reasons for people to go to the hospital. It is now believed that the main cause of back pain is simple muscle strain. It may appear the backache happened suddenly but the problem may develop over a long period of time. Poor diet and nutrition can be contributing factors. When muscles contract both lactic and pyruvic acid are produced from muscle activity. The presence of the lactic acid causes the feeling of fatigue after strenuous work. If the levels of these acids get high enough then they cause irritation and this leads to pain. This is all made worse by dehydration, not drinking enough water. Backaches may also have a psychological aspect such as a deep seated emotional or stress related problem. Kidney, bladder, female pelvic disorders, and prostate problems can also be causes of back pain.

For many years, it was assumed that back pain was normally the result of spinal degeneration or injury, often damage to the intervertebral disks. These are structures located between the vertebrae that sort of act like cushions. Each of these disks consists of a tough, fibrous outer layer surrounding a soft interior, which is what gives the cushioning. With the ordinary wear and tear of life, the disks show signs of aging and may be injured. When a disk begins to degenerate, a strain even something as small as a sneeze could cause a disk to herniate or rupture, allowing the soft interior material to protrude out of the disk and press against the spinal cord. This situation is sometimes incorrectly called a "slipped disk." A herniated disk may very well cause severe intermittent or constant back pain. However, it is difficult to pinpoint disk disease as the cause of most cases of back pain. That is because most adults over 40 years of age, whether they experience back pain or not can be shown to have some degree of disk degeneration. Futhermore, in many cases, disk degeneration and even herniation do not produce any symptoms It is now believed that a factor of back pain is also simple muscle strain Although symptoms may come on suddenly and can be acutely painful, this is actually a problem that develops over a long period of time When muscles contract, lactic acid and pyruvic acid are produced as byproducts of human muscular activity. It is the presence of lactic acid in the muscles that produces the familiar sensation of muscle fatigue following strenuous activity or work. If high levels of these acidic by products accumulate in the muscles, they cause irritation that can eventually turn into pain and interfere with the normal conduction of electrical impulses in the muscle tissue. This results in a phenomenon called delayed onset muscle soreness. Problems with acidic buildup are often made worse by dehydration, not drinking enough water. Most cases of back pain also have an important psychological component, usually a deep seated emotional problems or stress related problems. Other contributors to back pain can include poor posture, bad shoes/footwear and poor walking habits, improper lifting, straining, lack of calcium, slouching when sitting, and sleeping on a mattress that is too soft. Kidney, bladder, and prostate problems, female pelvic disorders, and even constipation may produce back pain. Chronic conditions that can cause back pain include arthritis, rheumatism, bone disease, and abnormal curvature of the spine. Fractures are rarely the cause of back pain. Good nutrition, diet, and drinking plenty of water are all great preventative and healing things to do.


Nutrient / Supplement Importance
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Helpful notes
Calcium 10 this mineral helps people with back pain and is needed for strong bones. A good formula may include several forms of calcium. (See also magnesium)
Magnesium 10 helps reduces body stress and is needed to balance out calcium a good natural multi-vitamin and mineral supplement has both.
Omega fatty acids 10 helps with pain and stiffness and inflammation often occurring with  backache and is also needed for the repair and flexibility of muscles. FLax seed, Borage seed, and fish are good sources of omegas.
vitamin D 9 D vitamins are very important for good absorption of both calcium and magnesium.
vitamin B12 9 helps with calcium absorption, stress, and digestion
vitamin E 8 helps in healing process
vitamin A 8 helps with bone and connective tissue
Horsetail 8 herb that helps with calcium absorption
Boron  9 improves calcium absorption in the body
Manganese 8 aids in healing cartilage and the tissues in the neck and back 
Copper 7 mineral that works with zinc and required for healthy nerves
Zinc 7 people with backache may not be getting enough zinc. Often a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement can help, this mineral is  also needed for protein synthesis and collagen growth.
vitamin C 7 needed for the formation of collagen which holds tissues together
Bioflavonoids 7 works with vitamin C


Other Changes To Make

  • drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or filtered water a day

  • eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)

  • nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good

  • juice is good (make your own with a juice machine)

  • do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods

  • carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack

  • a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)

  • do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks

  • do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...

  • use stress relief like going for walks in the park (or the 10/90 rule - see Stress)

  • brown rice is good to eat

  • avoid red meat and animal fats

  • reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others

  • fast a few days a month

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep 

  • exercise light to moderate amounts

  • avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet

  • do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke

  • do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal

  • do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry

  • do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else

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In all matters related to your health please contact a qualified, licensed Medical Consultant or Doctor.
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