Spine Surgeons conducting surgery for Back Pain

HOW BACK PAIN AFFECTS ME

 

Back Pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek medical help for pain and then miss work.  It is a leading cause of disability worldwide.

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3 percent of individuals with progressive curvature may eventually experience severe problems that can include scoliosis and back pain, spinal problems, and nerve compression causing numbness, weakness, and leg pain.

How will Back Pain Affect Me?

For most people, low back pain is just a minor annoyance that appears once in a while, lasts a few days, and then goes away. For others, there is no relief from the pain. When pain becomes chronic, it becomes more than just a physical sensation. It may impact your feelings as well. Pain can become a black hole for all of life’s disruptions. Everything is being blamed on this condition and everything would improve if the pain went away. Chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts for more than three months, can make a person more vulnerable to emotional changes such as depression and anxiety.

Living with chronic pain can also have an impact on one’s personal relationships. Pain can cause physical limitations, making it more likely that a person will stay at home rather than go out. Chronic pain patients must not only deal with physical pain, but also with psychological side effects. When everything is added up, pain can overwhelm a patient.  At this point doctors, surgeons, family, and friends can help. Your doctor can help you create a plan to manage your pain, improve your mood, and improve your quality of life

Acute Back Pain – Short-Term Pain

If your back pain is severe, it is likely that it began suddenly. Stress, strenuous exercise, an awkward movement, or incorrect lifting can all contribute to it being acute. This condition is often categorized as acute. Acute back discomfort often subsides within six weeks. In most cases, the underlying cause of the pain is not a serious or long-term issue.

Long-Term Pain – Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain, on the other hand, can be life-threatening. Chronic pain is serious because the symptoms are severe enough to have a long-term impact on your health, mobility, and quality of life. While chronic back pain can attack unexpectedly, it usually develops gradually and lasts for more than six weeks. Chronic pain can also be recurrent, which means it will go away after a while return.

The Impact of Back Pain on one’s Quality of Life

Catastrophizing is a tendency that some people with low back pain have where they magnify their pain until it explodes into something far more profound than it is. Assume you’ve been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease by your doctor. When you catastrophize, you envision a variety of scenarios. You envision your back becoming so incapacitated and painful that you are forced to quit your job and stay at home. You even imagine yourself in a wheelchair in the future. The physical and emotional toll of chronic pain causes nearly one-third of those who suffer from it to develop clinical depression.

Around 75% of people being treated for depression report physical symptoms such as pain. If pain can cause emotional distress, so can the opposite. The more difficulty you have dealing with stress, the more likely it is that you will experience pain. In one small study, patients who were depressed or had chronic pain (not in the lower back) were three times more likely to develop low back pain than those with better coping skills.

  • Sleep is affected.
  • Limited mobility.
  • Impairs the ability to exercise.
  • Affects appetite.
  • Difficulty with household chores.
  • Inability to engage in social and community activities – social functions
  • A person becomes irritable and depressed.
  • Even cognitive function is impacted (thinking, reasoning, concentrating on a job, memory).

Relationships

Many people underestimate the impact chronic pain has on relationships. As a result of the pain and other emotional side effects associated with chronic back pain, sufferers tend to withdraw and avoid social gatherings. Friends may become emotionally distant because they do not understand the physical and emotional turmoil that those suffering from chronic pain go through. Family dynamics can also shift. If chronic pain is interfering with your relationships, it’s time to consult with a doctor about pain management or surgical options. Living with chronic pain can feel hopeless, but you don’t have to suffer. Contact Southwest Scoliosis and Spine Institute today if your chronic pain is interfering with your quality of life. The Institute’s team will tailor a comprehensive pain-management plan with a team of renowned physicians and pain-management specialists to minimize the effects of chronic pain.

Low Self-Esteem

When your physical movement is restricted, you may experience psychological distress, which can worsen the pain. Personal health beliefs and coping strategies can have an impact on both your level of distress and the course of your pain. For example, if you are anxious, expect the worst, and have catastrophic thinking, this can worsen the pain significantly. Because psychological vulnerabilities can change your brain and intensify the pain.

Chronic back pain can disrupt your life and make it difficult to complete daily tasks and do the things you enjoy. As a result of these limitations, sufferers frequently have low self-esteem. If you have low self-esteem as a result of chronic pain, you should try to change your mindset right away. While it may appear like a difficult task, understanding your worth is critical. Your personality is not characterized by persistent back discomfort. If low self-esteem continues as an issue, therapy and support groups can help.

Depression and Mood Swings

Chronic back pain can be emotionally draining for sufferers over time. Constantly dealing with pain and the stress of not knowing when it will go away can lead to serious emotional problems. Some of the emotional side effects of chronic pain include depression, rage, anxiety, and mood swings. While some emotional pain is normal, if the problems persist, it’s time to take action. If you can do so without pain, try to distract yourself by doing things you enjoy. Exploring stress-relieving activities can help those with pain. If the pain persists, think about joining a support group—many people find relief by talking about their problems with others who understand.

Back Pain and Blood Pressure

Finding an effective pain management treatment is critical for patients with severe back pain.  In most cases, doctors can reduce and stop the pain.  This will improve the overall quality of life, and it may also be critical to cardiovascular health. According to medical researchers, there is a link between chronic pain and hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. This means that if you suffer from chronic pain, you are more likely to develop high blood pressure and other cardiovascular health problems.

Many patients attempt to treat acute back pain on their own. However, if you have not spoken with an orthopedic doctor about pain treatments, you may be putting yourself at risk for more serious health problems. Don’t put up with pain any longer than you have to. By speaking with our specialists, we will devise a treatment plan to address your pain, thereby preventing the development of hypertension.

What if Lower Back Pain is Shooting into the Legs

From its source, lower back pain can travel up or down the body to other areas. It’s normal for lower back pain to only affect one side of the back. Sciatica (nerve pain) can occur when pain radiates from the lower back into one or both legs, but it is not always the case. Many parts of the lower back, such as facet joints, sacroiliac joints, muscles, or bursa inflammation, can cause pain to radiate into the legs.

Lower Back Pain Could Indicate Cancer

Cancer can cause lower back pain. In fact, when prostate cancer metastasizes and causes lesions, it is one of the first symptoms. Almost any cancer can spread to the back, and some, such as sarcoma, can start there. Be cautious, especially if you have other symptoms in addition to lower back pain. If you have any additional symptoms or concerns, consult your doctor.

Lower Back Pain can be A Sign of Kidney Pain

Because your kidneys are on the backside of your body, kidney pain can sometimes feel like back pain. The only way to tell the difference is to go to a doctor and have a thorough examination. It is critical to keep your mind as well as your body active.” We all know how important distraction is. When you’re alone with your pain and the four walls, your pain can appear quite large. Keeping your mind busy can help people cope with the condition.” To take your mind off your pain, spend time with friends, go to the movies or a show, or go for a walk outside.

 

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