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When good backs go bad...

Posted Feb 19 2007 12:00am

Do you have back pain? Don’t despair.

Whether it is sudden or creeps up on you gradually back pain and sciatica can be one of the most distressing, painful and isolating events.

I understand. It can affect all areas of your life, is often difficult to explain and is invisible to most people around you. If you have back pain and feel miserable, misunderstood and isolated you are not alone…

Through my experiences with back pain and sciatica I learnt by hard lessons a few ways to negotiate through the mental, emotional and physical maze of back pain which I would love to share with you over the next few weeks.

  • Consult a healthcare professional over any back pain symptoms that bother you. Don’t suffer in silence. Tackle any issues when they happen and while they are minor.
  • No one cares about your back like you do and always remember YOU are in control. Whatever you read, whoever tells you what to do, whatever remedies or treatments and procedures are suggested to you, you are the one who will live with your back. Ask good questions about what the treatment involves, how many treatments you will require, any side effects and the success rate for your condition.
  • If back surgery is suggested make sure you understand fully what any surgical procedures entail and the aftercare required. Ask about all the possible back pain treatment options for your condition before you decide what to do. Ask about back surgery success rates for your condition. Check with your healthcare provider if any medical or surgical procedure is urgent or essential.
  • It is really about communication and working together with your healthcare team. Don’t be a passive patient, be a proactive partner in your back care and treatment.
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