Stress and backaches
Can stress cause backaches?
Stress can make you more likely to get a backache. Also, reducing stress can help you recover more quickly from a back injury. But, be careful not to blame back pain on stress, because you may be overlooking a serious cause.
It is important to see a doctor right away if:
Your back pain extends to the buttocks, arms, or legs
You have weakness or numbness in your arms or legs
You have any loss of bladder or bowel control
The pain wakes you up from sleep
“Sciatica” is an old world term that refers to leg pain felt down the back of the thigh into the calf and foot. What about thigh pain? What about buttock pain? Unfortunately, “sciatica” has been wrongly applied to all types and locations of leg pain. In 1948, the use of the word “sciatica” was declared “unhelpful” by a leading orthopedic specialist because it is limited to a certain location and really does not address the origin of the pain. Over the years, many older medical terms like sciatica have become archaic as the newer research technologies give doctors clearer definitions and a better understanding of the human body. Leg pain that comes from the low back is most accurately categorized as referred pain or neurogenic pain. These terms apply to all locations and address the origin of the pain. With these newer terms, the antiquated word, “sciatica”, has no place in the modern world. Sally has been waking up with right ...
Definition An exercise stress test is a screening tool to test the effect of exercise on your heart. See also: Stress echocardiography Thallium stress test Alternative Names Exercise ECG; ECG - exercise treadmill; EKG - exercise treadmill; Stress ECG; Exercise electrocardiography; Stress test - exercise treadmill How the test is performed You will walk on a treadmill or pedal on an exercise bicycle while the electrical activity of your heart is measured with an electrocardiogram ( ECG ), and blood pressure readings are taken. This will measure your heart's reaction to your body's increased need for oxygen. The test continues until: You reach a target heart rate You develop complications such as chest pain or an exaggerated rise or drop in blood pressure ECG changes show that your heart muscle is not getting enough oxygen You will continue to be monitored for 10 - 15 minutes after exercising, or until your heart rate returns to baseline. How to prepare for the test You must not eat, smoke, or drink be...
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