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BACK PAIN: QUESTIONS ABOUT MEDICINE, CANCER AND HEALING
I am a 44-year-old man. My physician gave me an anti-inflammatory drug for my back pain, but you talk about moist heat and exercise as being important as well. Isn’t taking the medicine enough to give me some relief? I’m afraid that exercise or moving around might worsen the pain.
That is a good question, because patients are commonly given medication without a recommended exercise program to strengthen the back muscles. Medications alone may give some temporary relief, but in most cases they aren’t enough to give long-term relief.
It’s natural to worry that moving around or exercising could make the pain worse. There may be some discomfort when exercises are first started. Try not to let this stop you. It may be necessary to start with only one performance of the first exercise, then two repetitions the next time; gradually, increase the repetitions until you can do 20 of the exercises. As the exercise continues, the work becomes easier. After a few weeks to a few months, you will find that the pain and stiffness decrease. The exercises become much easier to do.
Most patients we see begin to look forward to the very same exercises that were so difficult a few weeks earlier. You will probably reach a point at which you’ll feel bad when you miss doing your regular exercises. You’ll know then that you have made great progress.
I tripped going down the stairs at school and injured my back. My doctor claims that I should get better within two to three weeks. How can I heal that fast? Can you give some suggestions that will speed this healing? I am a 23-year-old woman who teaches first graders. I need to feel better . . . yesterday!
For the most common type of back pain, it is true that within two to three weeks there should be much improvement. It may seem that severe pain takes longer to disappear, but if no other more serious problem is present, you can improve your chances of pain relief and get back to work faster if you follow the basic treatment. This includes moist heat, such as a warm shower, twice daily; exercises which are begun slowly and are gradually increased; and proper amounts of rest – not too much bed-rest – with a gradual increase in activity. Medications to control pain or muscle spasm may help make you more comfortable until the rest of the program takes full effect.
Remember, the main goals are pain relief and getting back to activity and work. Follow this program and you’ll put yourself in the best position to get the maximum improvement. Once you feel you can handle the tasks that your work with first graders requires, it is all right to return to work. Just be sure to avoid activities that might start the pain again, especially bending and lifting.
If you don’t have improvement after one or two weeks, you should see your doctor. After six to eight weeks, the pain should be almost completely gone. Then you can continue the exercise program – your best prevention against the back pain’s returning.
I had a friend who had cancer and suffered from back pain. I have had lower back pain for a few months and am worried about cancer.
One possible cause of back pain is cancer, but you should know that even though it is always a concern, it is not the most common cause of typical back pain. In fact, it is so uncommon that we do not routinely x-ray every patient who has back pain. If the pain is very severe or if it does not respond to treatment as expected, then x-rays or other tests are needed.
An MRI test, a CT scan, or a bone scan can usually reveal cancer if it is the cause of back pain. If cancer is your main worry, you should tell your doctor so that you can be reassured or proper tests can be done to determine whether any cancer is present.
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