Back Pain – Is it a Tumor?

spinal cancer back pain symptomsSpinal cancer is not the typical diagnosis when back pain strikes, but there are some symptoms that are red flags for a tumor or tumors in the spine. Spotting cancer early gives you the best chance of success, but due to the varying symptoms of cancer in the spine, and the relatively frequent occurrence of uncomplicated back pain, many people are not diagnosed until a tumor has already become quite large or metastasised.

If back pain persists, worsens, and is unresponsive to rest and conservative treatment, and is accompanied by the following symptoms, it is definitely time to talk to your physician about tests for cancer. Continue reading “Back Pain – Is it a Tumor?” »

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Antidepressants May Increase Your Risk of Spinal Fracture

ssris falls and fracture risk in spinal stenosis elderlyAccording to a new study, hypnotic sleep medications and SSRIs may increase the risk of osteoporotic and hip fractures in older adults. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a popular type of antidepressant and, as back pain is often associated with depression, those with spinal stenosis may be particularly at risk of this complication. Continue reading “Antidepressants May Increase Your Risk of Spinal Fracture” »

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Vitamin D Deficiency and Spinal Stenosis – Cause or Effect?

vitamin d back pain cycling exercise

Cycling is often a great way for low back pain sufferers to stay active and soak up some sun!

Make hay while the sun shines, or so the saying goes. Spinal stenosis sufferers might want to consider the alternative phrasing of ‘make vitamin D while the sun shines’ as research suggests that a deficiency of vitamin D is linked to increased pain and worse prognosis for spinal stenosis. Interestingly, however, women who undergo back surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis actually enjoyed increased vitamin D levels after their procedure. What’s the link between vitamin D and back pain? Let’s take a look. Continue reading “Vitamin D Deficiency and Spinal Stenosis – Cause or Effect?” »


Is Too Little Vitamin C to Blame for Your Back Pain?

vitamin c spinal stenosis back painVitamin C is typically seen as the supplement we turn to when trying to get rid of or avoid a nasty cold but could this essential nutrient also be involved in the development and progression of spinal stenosis? Read on to find out how getting enough vitamin C could help with your back pain and why smokers in particular need to carefully monitor their nutrient levels. Continue reading “Is Too Little Vitamin C to Blame for Your Back Pain?” »


Antacids, Osteoporosis and Spinal Stenosis

Antacids osteoporosis and spinal stenosisAt first glance you might not think that there’s a connection between antacid medications and spinal stenosis but when you consider how protein pump inhibitors and other antacids can affect nutrient absorption the link becomes clearer.

Osteoporosis can be a cause of spinal narrowing and resultant back pain, neck pain, leg pain, sciatica, and paraesthesia, weakness and other symptoms of spinal stenosis and ensuring proper calcium absorption is key to staving off this bone-thinning disease so are your antacids and back pain connected and what can you do about it? Continue reading “Antacids, Osteoporosis and Spinal Stenosis” »


Staphylococcus Aureus and Spondylodiscitis

spondylodiscitis spinal stenosis low back pain causesThe diagnosis of spondylodiscitis as a cause of low back pain is increasingly frequent but this condition, which can prove fatal, is still commonly overlooked due to the simple fact that low back pain affects so many people. Spondylodiscitis is a spinal infection causing inflammation of the vertebrae and the disc space.

Typically it is caused by infection with Staphylococcus aureus and is more common in older adults, but what’s the prognosis if you have spondylodiscitis and low back pain? Continue reading “Staphylococcus Aureus and Spondylodiscitis” »

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What Are Modic Changes in the Spine and Why Might Zoledronic Acid Help?

modic changes low back pain zoledronic acid pain releifA new clinical trial has found that zoledronic acid is effective at relieving low back pain associated with modic changes in the spine. What are modic changes, and are these the source of your back pain? Read on to find out if zoledronic acid treatment could help you too. Continue reading “What Are Modic Changes in the Spine and Why Might Zoledronic Acid Help?” »

Obesity and Sciatica – Is There a Link?

sciatica spinal stenosis obesity and overweightCarrying a lot of body weight can put immense pressure on the joints, including those in the spine, so it may come as no surprise to many that obesity is a risk factor for sciatica, a condition often caused by spinal stenosis. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, an overweight person is 12% more likely to be diagnosed with sciatica, and an obese person 31% more likely than someone who classes as being of normal weight. Continue reading “Obesity and Sciatica – Is There a Link?” »


Top Five Worst Sports for Back Pain

worst spine exercises back painWhen you have spinal stenosis and back pain you’re likely to keep being told to stay active and get regular exercise, but what if your favourite type of exercise is downright dangerous for the spine?

Find out what the top five worst sports are if you have back pain and then take a look at our suggestions as to what might be a better way of staying fit and pain-free! Continue reading “Top Five Worst Sports for Back Pain” »


Best Ways to Sleep to Avoid Back Pain

spinal stenosis back pain sleep positionsAvoiding back pain is no easy feat, but just changing the way you sleep could offer the most significant relief yet! You might be proactive about posture at work, spend time at the gym or outdoors staying fit and healthy, and avoid slouching on the couch in the evenings and at weekends but when you spend a third of your time in bed it may be that your back pain is connected to something you’re doing unconsciously. Continue reading “Best Ways to Sleep to Avoid Back Pain” »