Throughout our lives we experience pain that mostly goes away on its own given enough time. We might even help it along with some over the counter medications, and soon enough we’re going about our day without that nagging pain. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Especially when it comes to Back Pain.
Sometimes we get an ache or pain that lasts for months and hasn’t eased in the slightest. In some cases it has even worsened with rest. Advil and Tylenol might “take the edge off” of the pain, but it returns to hamper our daily activities.
Lifting, bending, and twisting can become a grueling task. The pain may even prevent us from activities we enjoy like gardening or exercising. Worse yet, these back pains might even begin to reflect in our moods by making us irreputable because we’re in constant pain and can’t get back to those things that bring us joy!
Once we finally go see our primary care doctors, we are often given a diagnosis of low back pain or sciatica. We are then prescribed muscle relaxers or painkillers. But as before, the medication still only succeeds in “taking the edge off” of the pain. If this use of medication continues on for weeks or months, it can even be dangerous. Long term use of medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen and others can increase the risk of liver damage, ulcers, heart attacks and kidney disease.
So, if you have taken over-the-counter or prescription medications for weeks or months – or, like some of our patients – fight through your back pain while popping 3 or 4 pills at a time for months on end, I would strongly encourage you to read on!