5 Major Side Effects From Back Pain
By Sherwin Nicholson | SN Health Resources | Updated Feb. 13, 2018
Prevent your pain from harming these areas of your life
Those with lower back problems understand the problems and effects that it has on them.
It helps to learn about the various areas that affect us before we allow it to become more serious. We can learn to find ways to either minimize, prevent and protect ourselves from the possible harm that these effects can have on us.
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1. Your Mobility and Pain
It causes us to move less and more carefully. We become more cautious and reluctant to engage the same way in our preferred and daily activities. Usually, we will engage in the activity and then later feel the after effects.
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As we feel better, we continue the activity with little modification to it at all. We don’t associate that we are doing anything from our activity to contribute to the discomfort regardless of its actual source.
In time, as the pain becomes less avoidable and more noticeable, we then decide that it is safer to do less of the activity. Although it may be better to perform less of the activity to avoid from hurting, one should also consider performing the action differently with a more proactive approach to how the activity may affect your spine while performing it.
Modifying the activity so that it protects the spine is better than avoiding it especially if it is something you enjoy doing or need to do.
2. Your Emotions and Mood
One who has chronic lumbar pain has a significantly lower tolerance to stress and is very sensitive to anything that may worsen it. Because it takes a substantial amount of time to improve and rarely changes from day to day, it is also hard for one’s mood and emotion to change as well.
With the exception of medication, back problems rarely improve as quickly as desired. Unfortunately, the opposite is quite true. Symptoms can get worse in a very short space of time. This is a important explanation why those who suffer may become much more prone to negative moods and emotions much faster than feelings of relief and comfort.
This makes one more hesitant, protective, afraid, anxious and worried with their activities. Engaging in activities that are safer, more reliable, spine-healthy and more social are vital to proper relief.
3. Your Family Life
Your mobility and sensitivity to pain can impact your ability to be actively involved with your family. Occasional days of rest for a ‘temporary’ problem can eventually become frequent days of frustration, avoidance, disagreements and more, as days become longer and valued time with your family becomes progressively limited.
As the family accommodates for your back issues, so do their own needs and interests. It is not an easy feeling that your soreness is affecting others and not just only yourself. This is evident especially when you don’t know whether or not it will improve and if the family can adjust to it as well as you need them to if it doesn’t improve.
It is vital to have the understanding and support of your loved ones and your friends and not simply just more advice from them. Let them know how serious your discomfort is, what you need and that it is important to have their support.
When you have pain, you need more support from others to find real long term relief.
When you mood is low and it hurts, please seek help to keep yourself motivated when things get too tough.
4. Use of Medication
Regardless of the cause of your discomfort, medication has a prominent place in your treatment. Once advised by your doctor, use it as advised and required. If your doctor or specialist recommends other forms of treatment, follow them with as much value as you would your prescription.
If you don’t need to use medication long term and would like to avoid or minimize the use of medication, then find the proper treatment that can address long-term relief.
Pain medication only helps you to feel better and not for treating the source or the problem. Unnecessary use of medication prevents you from proper treatment as it allows you only to ‘feel’ healed.
When you can no longer feel where the problem is coming from, you tend to believe that is safe to engage in activities that may not be safe for you. This puts you at greater risk.
If medication if your first choice, then you should consider other options that offer methods to reduce or avoid medication. Long-term use of medication has its side effects.
5. Rest and Sleep
Rest and sleep are always compromised. There no longer is a correct or suitable way to rest or sleep well. The only certainty is the need for more of it.
Being under constant pain is very exhausting both physically and emotionally. We don’t want more rest and sleep, we need more. However, what we believe should be the solution for our back (which is more rest and sleep) is one of the contributors.
Adequate rest and sleep are essential for recovery. However, there is a limit to how much you should have before it affects your recovery. Too much rest leads to further immobility, poorer healing, and recovery as back pain is directly linked to mobility or the lack thereof.
It is important to obtain adequate rest and sleep, but it should not be regarded as a major part of your treatment. You need to address the weakness that you may have with regards to your mobility, muscular conditioning, and flexibility. These factors have a direct impact.