Monthly Archives: July 2014

Back Pain and You

Does your back hurt? Well don’t despair as you are not alone in your misery. In fact countless numbers of human beings have experienced it at least once in their life, others not as lucky as they seem to have it much more often than others. But what is it about back pain that makes people seem terribly afraid of experiencing one, yet are totally resigned of the fact that they will eventually have them at one point or another. Here we will try to find out about different kinds of back pains according to their general locations, its possible causes, and also the underlying reasons that it occurred in the first place.

Back pains regularly appear in different areas of the back, but some of the more common ones are as follow:

Lower Left Back Pain, Lower Right Back Pain

The lower back is composed of various bodily organs and structures, any of which, if it happened to be compromised or irritated, may cause pain. Lower back pain may either be chronic or acute, each with their corresponding common ailments particular to that area of the back.

  • Chronic Lower Back Pain – a persistent continuing condition, occurring over a long period of time. Typical causes of this are: scoliosis (unnatural curving of the spine), kyphosis (hunchback), herniated disc, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal stenosis (narrowing of spinal canal), improper bending and lifting of heavy weights for long periods of time.
  • Acute Lower Back Pain – a condition with rapid onset but of relative shortness of duration. Examples of conditions which cause acute lower back pain includes compression fractures, cramps, several kinds of cancers, ruptured discs, sciatica (irritation of nerves of the spine), aortic aneurysm, ovarian cyst, endometriosis (thickening of endometrial tissues of the uterus), muscle tears/strains, and kidney stones.

Middle Back Pain

The middle of the back is composed of the spinal column, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, and other bodily structures which may become inflamed or irritated thereby causing back pain. Middle back pain is usually characterized by either dull or sharp and acute pain which usually radiate to other parts of the body. Some common conditions that produce back pain includes osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, herniated disc, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, indigestion, kyphosis and kidney stones to name a few.

Upper Back Pain

Upper back pain usually is connected to the large muscles of the shoulders and other structures located in the area. Mechanical joint dysfunction and muscle injuries are common causes of upper back pain, as well as rheumatism or arthritis of the spine especially of the neck and thoracic vertebras. Degenerative disc disease and improper posture may also be causes of upper back pains.

So if you ever get to experience any kind of back pain, and chances are you will, you must consider first resting and stopping whatever it is that seems to be causing your back pain to avoid further aggravation. In cases where you don’t particularly know what caused the pain, it will be wise to get yourself immediately checked by a doctor.

Published: July 25, 2014

Do Not Take These Things Too Lightly

You probably don’t know about these little random things about our health as they may sometimes seem absurd, worse trivial. But you really should, as you might encounter them sometime soon and not knowing about them might eventually cost you dearly. So take heed of these seemingly innocent signals that your body tells you and you’ll be way better prepared because of it. Who knows they may even save your life.

Here are several examples of such little important things that could mean big things about your health. It is always recommended that you get yourself checked whenever you experience any of the symptoms indicated below as it might give you more chance of earlier recovery.

Sweet Taste in Mouth

A constant sweet taste in the mouth may be an indication of taste impairment, or it could be also a sign of your body’s inefficiency in controlling its blood sugar level, a warning sign for undiagnosed diabetes. Diabetic ketoacidosis is the condition in diabetic persons wherein the production of insulin is severely impaired, causing the body to burn fatty acids as food instead of glucose. It usually results in the body producing more ketone, hence the sweet taste in the mouth and the sort of acetone smelling breath. Continued maltreatment of the condition may result in diabetic shock and even death.

Metal Taste in Mouth

The metallic taste in the mouth is a common side effect of ingesting antibiotics and antihistamines as well as several chemotherapy and radiotherapy drugs. It could be also a sign of Dysgeusia, a kind of disruption of the nerves that are in charge of taste recognition, and which is commonly experienced by people who have head injuries or have upper respiratory tract infections. Other conditions that includes metal taste in the mouth as a symptom includes: Bell’s palsy, Parkinson’s disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GED), and also of several head and neck cancers.

Rough Hair Growth in Chin or Nose

That annoying growth of course hair on either the chin or the nose, particularly in women, is a likely sign of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer necessitates the over production of male hormones (androgens) in the ovaries thereby causing the overproduction of facial hair which is not common in women.

Split Vision

Split vision coupled with slurred or sometimes muted speech is a sure sign of an impending stroke. A stroke usually happens when there is a blockage of the arteries that brings blood to the brain. What split vision really means is that the visual cortex located in the back of the brain is beginning to wither because of the lack of blood flow in the area, same goes with the slurring of speech as it is also the brain that has direct control over it.

Fingers, Toes Clubbing

The seeming clubbing of the toes or the fingers is a symptom of several disorders in the body primary of which is pulmonary fibrosis or the scarring of the lung. Other causes of clubbing include congenital heart defect, Hodgkin’s disease, Bronchiectasis, and asbestosis.

Published: July 1, 2014