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Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
All aboard! Anyone with chronic pain can have a free ticket aboard this street car named " Depression ". We expect standing room only today because the number of people with tickets is growing daily. So step right up and take a seat. All baggage will be checked at the door for any forbidden items like: lollipops, flowers, games, or any items of happiness, fun or amusement. Our first stop will be Helplessness Avenue. Our second stop will be Pessimism Parkway. Those who wish to ruminate should signal the driver. All aboard and away we go.
Before we arrive at Helplessness Avenue, let me give you some facts about this historic byway. This avenue received its name after a nearby laboratory conducted some famous experiments in the 1960's that unveiled the concept of "learned helplessness". In the face of inescapable discomfort, canines and humans alike were taught that their actions were futile. In turn, these poor creatures became passive and gave up trying. Scientist called this beha...
Raise your right hand if you are taking a cholesterol-lower medication like Crestor or Lipitor. Now, raise your left hand if you have chronic pain. Those of you with both hands in the air should listen up. Cholesterol-lowering medications can cause pain and Lipitor is the most prescribed drug in America . Yikes! Now ask yourself these questions: did the pain start within a year or two of starting the offending drug? Did the pain get worse within a year or two of starting the offending drug? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may need to reconsider your use of a medication that causes pain.
Crestor, Lipitor, Zocor, Pravachol, Mevacor; this group of drugs are generally called the "statins" because the generic name of these drugs that lower cholesterol ends in "statin". These medications have the potential to cause serious muscle problems including muscle pain. The most serious problem is called rhabdomyolysis which means that the muscles literally start to disin...
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