The Misery of Low-Back Pain
Joe asks, “I’ve been dealing with spinal stenosis since October 2014. Any clues on how to stop pain? It’s wearing me out.”
Let’s take an optimistic view here and question the diagnosis.
First, a description. Nerves thread through the spinal column, which forms a “tunnel” of protection. Spinal stenosis means the spinal column has narrow areas, and narrow areas provide less room for nerves to pass through. So, all day and all night, the spinal nerves are getting squeezed and pinched.
And, no, you’re not having fun yet. Pinched nerves are not shy about screaming in pain.
Getting a spinal pa diagnosis means an x-ray of your spine. Without an x-ray, you have a guess, not a diagnosis.
But unless you had a previous x-ray to use for comparison, the current x-ray isn’t conclusive. Our bodies come with many variations, and perhaps you were born with narrow spinal areas.
Spinal stenosis, then, is not a set-in-stone diagnosis. Maybe it’s yes; maybe it’s no.
Pain – possible causes
Let’s look at possible causes for the pain and three ways to ease the pain.
1. If you spend your days sitting in front of a computer, you can get spinal-stenosis-levels of pain from hamstring muscles (in the back of your thighs) that kind of seize up from pressure and lack of movement. They can spasm, too, which is even more exciting.
Seizing, spasming hamstrings pull at the spine, the nerves get inflamed from all the yanking around, and the game is on.
Relief from pain
One thing that brings relief is stretching your hamstrings.
1. Lie on your back
2. Pull you knees up toward your chest
3. Lock your arms around your thighs just above the knees
4. Slowly pull your thighs toward your body as far as they’ll go
5. Hold it for several seconds, then release for several seconds
6. Repeat. Just a few times at first, building the count as your body figures out what’s going on and joins in the effort.
2. The pain comes from inflammation of the nerves, ice can ride to the rescue.
Lie down on ice packs. If you don’t have ice packs, use packs of frozen food. Frozen food is handy, but it’s lumpier and doesn’t hold the cold as long.
Put the ice-pack on a bed (or any place you can lie down), cover it with a towel and climb on board. If the ice hurts, it’s a sign you really need ice, but you’re not ready for its full power and glory. Add a second towel and try again. Ice should feel cold, but it shouldn’t hurt.
Stay on the ice for twenty minutes or so. Twice a day is good; once a day takes longer to reach the finish line.
After a car accident, I went to bed, for several months, atop a line-up of ice packs. I don’t sit still well because I always think of things that need my immediate attention, but I stay in bed really well, so this was my way of guaranteeing I’d stay parked long enough to do my body some good. Whatever it takes and all that.
If ice is good, does that mean heat is bad? Heat makes inflammation worse, so, yes, heat is bad.
3. Nutrition plays a huge role in health. Creaky joints, aching backs and other decreptitudes send a loud, clear signal that your nutrition needs a makeover.
While a complete, balanced nutritional program gets the best results-by a long shot-vitamin C is an excellent inflammation-fighter. Take bunches and bunches; your body will tell you when it’s enough.
However, start slowly. Starting vitamin C too fast causes diarrhea, which is never fun.
If your back pain is too great to take the slow approach, get the liposomal form of vitamin C; it keeps the C from hitting your digestive tract before it should-and voila! No diarrhea. No matter how much you take.
LivonLabs.com, the folks that got the liposomal ball rolling, offers their own brand of liposomal C, and PureFormulas.com offers the Nutricology brand.
Now you know three things that reverse pain: Stretching, ice and nutrition. There are more, of course, but those will help-and may be all you need.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.