Back pain can range from a dull ache to a sudden sharp pain when you try and lift something. At some point in their lives, about 8 out of 10 people will have back pain.
Some hormonal therapies for breast cancer may cause back pain:
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Some pain medications, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, also can cause back pain.
Managing back pain
If your back pain is very bad or lasts for longer than a few days, talk to your doctor. You may be able to change to a different hormonal treatment or pain medicine that may ease your back problems.
One of the best things you can do to prevent back pain is to exercise regularly and keep your back and core muscles strong. Stretching your back muscles also can help ease back pain and stiffness. Staying in bed all day can actually make your back feel worse.
Some complementary and holistic medicine techniques have been shown to ease back pain, including:
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Back care consists of any of several approaches used to restore or maintain a healthy, pain-free back. Low back pain is a major problem in our society. Up to 90 percent of all Americans will have a problem with back pain at some time in their lives. They will spend approximately five billion dollars annually for relief. Each year, some 200,000 back surgeries are performed, and hundreds of thousands of prescriptions are written for medications to relieve low back pain. It is estimated that one-third of all workmen's claims and 60 percent of all long-term disability payments are used for the care of back injuries. It is no wonder there is an increasing interest in the prevention and management of low back pain. The major reason low back pain is not a simple problem to solve is that each individual's situation is unique. Pain may be the result of any combination of factors, such as day-to-day activities, lifestyle, level of fitness, nutritional status and even, the aging process. ...
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