Distinguishing pain as serious or not?
Firstly, if your back pain is keeping up all through the night, you should visit your GP.
I shall firstly discuss a common self-diagnosed condition called sciatica; Commonly mis-diagnosed by doctors and heath professionals and is often wrongly described as arthritis. A disc bulge or arthritis can be seen often with specialised imaging but often there are no symptoms what so ever. Often there are no signs of degenerative processes on specialised imaging but there is an acre of pain..Normally, we look at the history and there is a traumatic incident, or simply repetitive micro-traumas that led to the disc bulge or arthritis. First signs are lower back or neck pain. The instability of the disc is aggravated by positions, diet and movement. The back pain is essentially not always a sign of sciatica and in all cases related to trauma but as a result of tension in the nervous system and tissues they supply including the discs.
What is the cause of this tension?
Although the body is a partially self-correcting organism, it can not ‘Solve’ the change of shape that the body goes through with age and trauma. The shape change results in pain and a reduction in movement or function. For example, a deep consequence of this in the hips will lead to lower back over-compensation and other things commonly in the body start to hurt. Unfortunately, it is now well known that exercise, injections and surgeries do not fix the cause of bulging discs.
Here are the most common areas of complaint for “low back pain”: