Sometimes back pain is not strictly related to spinal structures. Sometimes back pain comes from other places, specifically internal organs. In a process called referred pain , internal organs can send pain signals to other parts of the body. For example, when someone is experiencing a heart attack, the left arm may ache. Nothing is wrong with the arm, but this limb hurts because the heart is referring pain to it. The neck, mid-back and low back are also potential targets for referred pain. Here are two examples when "back pain" has nothing to do with spinal problems.
Gallbladder : The gallbladder is a small organ tucked up near the liver that helps with digestion. Within this internal organ problems can arise like a blockage from a stone, an infection, or just an inflamed gallbladder attack. Sometimes the symptoms clearly point to a problem with the gallbladder. These classic symptoms include right upper quadrant abdominal pain just underneath the right chest wall, nausea, gas, ...
Is your pain worse in the morning? At times, that pain at dawn is the worst pain of the day. We tend to be vulnerable this time of day because the muscles are stiff, the mind is not completely awake, the blood pressure is low, and the medications are losing their effectiveness. Breaking this daily pain cycle can be a matter of improving your sleep posture, changing your morning routine or changing your medications. Explore the ways to start your day with less pain.
Sleep Posture : Spending five, six or seven hours in a poor sleep posture is going to cause you to wake up in pain. Poor sleep postures can be fixed with a good mattress and some well placed pillows. Millions of people - including me - wake up in less pain by using the Tempur-Pedic mattresses and pillows . A body pillow is also worth trying because it can help you avoid sleeping in a twisted or rotated position. A pillow between the knees or a pillow at the small of your waist are also worth considering; eventually, yo...
Last week , I proposed that we conceptualize bipolar as a “cycling” illness where we transition through overlapping “phases” rather than as an “episodic” illness where we ping-pong back and forth between discrete symptomatic “states.”
In essence, we treat the cycle rather than the episode and its symptoms.
This is hardly a new idea, but it has yet to catch on in practice. In a comment, Tabby noted that her first doctor told her, “we have to treat the cycle, not the symptoms,” then he proceeded to load her up on meds.
It’s not my place here to second-guess how doctors treat their patients, but I am entitled to call out individuals on their egregious failure in logic. Tabby’s doctor, of course, only gave lip-service to the cycle. Then he proceeded to pharmaceutically carpet-bomb the two “poles” in bipolar at once.
This is the conventional wisdom that I have h...
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