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Causes of lower back pain include –

  1. Mechanical issues
  2. Soft-tissue injuries 
  3. Damage to the intervertebral discs
  4. Compression of nerve roots
  5. Torn or pulled muscle and/or ligament.
  6. The result of poor posture 
  7. Lifting something awkwardly,
  8. Can be associated with feeling stressed or run down
  9. Having the condition Fibromyalgia
  10. Slipped disc – a disc of cartilage in the spine pressing on a nerve
  11. Sciatica – irritation of the nerve that runs from the lower back to the feet
  12. Ankylosing spondylitis – swelling of the joints in the spine
  13. Spondylolisthesis – a bone in the spine slipping out of position
  14. An infection
  15. Some type of cancer
  16. Cauda equina syndrome – where the nerves in the lower back become severely compressed
  17. Arthritis
  18. Osteoporosis
  19. Facet Joint damage
  20. Spinal stenosis
  21. Scoliosis
  22. Kidney infections
  23. Pregnancy
  24. Endometriosis
  25. Ovarian cysts
  26. Uterine fibroids
  27. Covid-19
  28. Prolonged state of immobility
  29. Osteopenia
  30. Pelvic inflammatory disease
  31. Lumbago
  32. Vitamin D deficiency
  33. Shingles
  34. Lyme disease
  35. Multiple Sclerosis
  36. Whiplash injury
  37. Being overweight
  38. Smoking
  39. Acid Reflux
  40. After C Section

Source: NHS Healthline Spine Health Spine Nevada Medline Plus Aspire Stanford Healthcare Cauda Equina UK London Spine Clinic Physio UK Scoliosis Association The Sun Spine Ortho Centre Avogel Chiro-Trust Self Growth Very Well Health EveryonesMD

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I kickstarted January with a New Year Quote –


2. How To Kickstart Your Health in the Right Direction for 2022. – lots of information about Dry January and Veganuary…

3. Instead of New Year Resolutions I decided to write a list of things I wanted to try and achieve in 2022. 30 Things I Plan To Try and Achieve in 2022...

4. January is National Blood Donors Month so I wrote a post on – January Is National Blood Donors Month – Give Blood and Save Lives…

5. Low Back Pain – Another Symptom of the Omicron Covid-19 Virus –

6. The Fundamentals of Recovering from An Accident

7. Apitherapy Bee Venum for Pain from Acute to Chronic Illnesses...

8. As usual my Sleep Sunday posts were very popular and included – Let’s Talk About Tips to Help You Sleep Better…

9. Sleep Sunday – Lets Talk About How to Banish Your Insomnia…

10. Sleep Sunday – Let’s Talk About How to Banish Your Insomnia Part 2…

11. Sleep Sunday – Let’s Talk About 4 of the Best CBD Oils for Insomnia…

12. Use Healing Herbs in Your Cooking – this was a reblog from my other blog ‘Afternoon Tea4Two’ as we all need to look after our health and these herbs can help keep you healthy.

13. Some more Back Pain Tips last month with this list of 26 Back Pain Tips to Keep The Pain at Bay…

14. Top Tips for Preventing a Back Injury When Lifting Heavy Items at Work…

15. This post is about Aquatic Exercise for Health which is something I want to add to my list of Things I Want to Achieve in 2022. Aquatic Exercise is Better Than Physical Exercise for Lower Back Pain…

16. Shoulder Pain Relief with Chiropractor Care is a repost from Dr. James Schofield’s blog as so many people suffer from shoulder pain and I think this post could help relieve some of their pain.

17. 5 Types of Chronic Pain that you Can Manage using White Horn Kratom – White Horn Kratom is not something I had really read about before but it sounds very interesting as a treatment for pain.

18. The Antibiotic Jab for Back Pain – wouldn’t this be marvlous if this worked for us all suffering from back pain – it is an interesting read.

19. Relaxation Therapy for all Types of Chronic Pain – this is definitely worth a try.

20. A Healthy Lifespan with (DNA) Do Not Age – I am fascinated by this companies products and I am definitely giving some a try so watch out for my reviews.

21. Another post about the uses of Kratom – How to Use Kratom for Inflammation.

22. Feel Amazing By Volunteering in 2022 – It’s Good for Your Health – I have chosen one from this list as I love making handmade cards and thought the idea of making them to cheer a child up was definitely up my street. Check this post out, I am sure you will find something you would like to try.

23. 5 Weeks on from SIJ Injections – My regular readers will have seen I went in hospital just before Christmas for some Sacro-iliac Injections and I have been writing about how amazing they have been for my pain.

24. Psoriatic Arthritis/Fibromyalgia Share Common Symptoms

25. My usual Health Awareness Days/Month post which is also very popular. You would be surprised how many awareness days there are now. Health Awareness Days for February 2022.

26. Supplements for Fibromyalgia from DNA – I have started taking some supplements from this company so I will review the results when I have finished them.

27. PEMF Therapy For All Types of Pain – This is a therapy I have not written about before but once I started researching about it I felt my readers who be very interested in it.

28. My final post of the month was how the NHS had produced a list of 20 of the most painful conditions which included Fibromyalgia. So, for any sceptic’s out there read this article before you comment on whether it is a real conditon or not. Fibromyalgia is Listed in the NHS 20 Most Painful Conditions.

I hope you enjoyed my posts for January and look forward to hearing from some of you about my posts in February. I will finish with my quote for the month of January.

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The use of electrical stimulation to relieve pain began in ancient times with the placement of torpedo fish directly onto painful body parts. Since then, the application of electrical stimulation to the body for pain relief has become much better and more sophisticated.

An article on the  Neuromodulation website explained the Spinal Cord Stimulator, is a tiny battery-powered transmitter similar to a pacemaker which is fitted for chronic pain is now stopping patients from needing as many painkillers.

Researchers at Jefferson University in the US, monitored 5,000 people with chronic pain and found that one year after having the spine implant fitted, 93% of patients were on lower daily doses of painkilling drugs.

Spinal Cord Stimulators is a type of neurostimulation therapy proven to be effective for many chronic pain sufferers. Recommended by doctors for over 40 years to manage chronic pain in the back, arms and legs, SCS helps mask pain by blocking or changing pain signals before they reach the brain. In spinal cord stimulation, a tiny programmable generator and electrical leads are implanted beneath the skin. Small electrical currents are applied to the areas of the spinal cord involved in pain. For reasons that are not completely understood, these electrical impulses interfere with the transmission of pain signals to the brain and relieve pain without causing the side effects that medications can cause.

A pleasant tingling sensation is substituted for the pain and blocks the brain’s ability to sense pain in the stimulated areas. This is similar to the relief felt by rubbing an area after getting an injury. The electrical impulses can be targeted to specific locations and, as pain changes or improves, stimulation can be adjusted as necessary.

Spine Universe wrote that in 1989, spinal cord stimulation (SCS) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for chronic pain. Since that time, SCS has become a standard of care for patients with neuropathic chronic back and limb pain (nerve injury with abnormal nerve function producing pain). New technology has allowed for the development of neurostimulators that can allow patients with chronic back pain to reduce or eliminate their need for pain medications and return to comfortable, productive lives.

To make sure the patient will benefit from SCS, a temporary system is implanted and tried for a few days or a week. For the SCS trial, leads are placed beneath the skin and attached to a small generator the patient carries. The generator is similar to a pager or cell phone. If the SCS trial is successful, a complete permanent system with a generator is implanted at another time. The leads for the permanent system can be inserted the same way as in the trial. A small generator is surgically implanted beneath the skin in the upper buttock or abdomen. The wires are then connected, and the entire system is implanted beneath the skin. Nothing is visible on the body.

Nice wrote that a rechargeable spinal stimulator costs in the region of £13,000 – £22,000 so it has to work for you if you are self funding or even if you are insured. Non rechargeable ones are considerably cheaper and start from around £8,000 – £14,000.

Spine Health wrote about the disadvantages and risks of having a stimulator with the potential risks which is  mainly related to the surgical procedures required for a trial period or long-term therapy. One extensive study in the medical literature found 38% of the research participants had device-related problems. The most common complications were unintended movement (also called migration) of the leads, failed connections in leads, and breakage of leads. However serious injuries are rare. 

Advances in SCS technology have allowed people with chronic spine-related pain to reduce or eliminate their need for pain medications and return to comfortable, productive lives. To better understand what you need to know before undergoing SCS, SpineUniverse spoke with Jason M. Highsmith, MD.

Source: Jefferson University, Spine Universe, NeuromodulationNice , Spine Health