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Always sit up straight to prevent back pain.

Slouching is bad but sitting too straight and too still for too long can be a strain on your back. Move around often and walk around.

Lifting heavy objects hurts your back.

It’s the way you lift it that can cause back pain. Always bend your knees with legs slightly apart.

Stay in bed until your back pain goes away.

Resting can help an acute injury or strain but a day or two in bed can make your back pain worse.

Back pain is always caused by an injury.

Disc degeneration, injuries, diseases, infections and even inherited conditions can cause back pain.

Skinny people don’t get back pain.

Anyone can get back pain.

Exercise is bad for your back.

Regular exercise prevents back pain.

A super firm mattress is best for your back.

A medium to firm mattress rated as 5.6 gave less pain than firmer ones rated 2.3.

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Failed back surgery syndrome (also called FBSS, or failed back syndrome) can occur in 10-40% of people who undergo spinal surgery.

Although it is not actually a syndrome, as such, as it is just a term for a number of factors to describe the pain some patients have even after having surgery.

There is actually nothing else like this term ‘failed’, as in ‘failed knee surgery syndrome’. Failed back surgery syndrome is completely on its own.

Some factors which can cause failed back surgery are scar tissue which can form around the incision site, or an infection can occur (which did in my case) or that simply the actual technicalities of the operation were not successful.

Surgical operations are usually performed for spinal decompression and spinal fusion using cages, bone graft, bars and screws (which I have) and if a patient continues to have pain after the procedure, then the condition is then called ‘failed back surgery syndrome‘.

In my case my first spinal surgery was a fusion done some 30 years ago which simply wore out and so had to be repeated. The second surgery included a cage, bone graft, bars and screws but this surgery ended with a bad infection. This has since be classed as a FBSS.

The only options they can offer me now is conservative treatments like the injections I have and pain medication. Having further spinal surgery in my case is not an option any more even though there are a lot more successful keyhole procedures available now. In fact with today’s knowledge and technology people can recover from spinal surgery in a matter of weeks which when I had mine was months or longer.

As a result of the FBSS and other issues I was then also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and sometimes I find it hard to decipher if my symptoms are FBSS related or Fibromyalgia related, as they can be so similar.

Although when I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia it was not as well known as it is now, I still feel that there is an awful lot of help and knowledge available for Fibromyalgia but not for FBSS. 


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If you sit for a prolonged length of time it puts more pressure on your discs, which in turn puts your back and spine at risk from damage and can cause a flare up of your pain.

Office workers, who spend a lot of their time at a desk or computer for hours on end and without breaks are one of the most vulnerable to experience back pain as well as RSI in their hands and fingers.

The same goes to anyone who may be bed-bound or unable to move around due to an illness or condition. Blood clots can form in your legs so always make sure you wear the stockings given to you or try to move your feet around in a circle regularly as you lie on the bed.

Your back becomes vulnerable to stress due to your back and stomach muscles not being exercised regularly or not being moved which has a knock on effect to other joints in your body. You can end up with stiff joints, ligaments and muscles problems.

They say that it’s not just the inactive that are vulnerable, even if you are fit, without regular breaks and movement of your spine, just about anyone can end up in pain.

Unfortunately for women experts have found that high heels can also cause unnatural stress on the spinal muscles and ligaments so if you can wear lower heels or even flats during the day it will help keep your back straighter.