“Backache” Operation is our last choice Part 1
There are 12 methods to prevent the backache so that the patients do not have to have the back operation.
From a medical statistic, it shows that within one’s lifetime, there is at least one chance we will get a severe backache. If we ignore a simple back pain from the very beginning, there is a lot of chance that it becomes chronic pain that might no longer be curable by medications but through a back operation.
When the severe backache specific symptom occurs, the body becomes stiff; the back is so stiff that we cannot walk or stand up for a long time. As you turn your body or bend your back, you feel a streaking or a severe pain. The way you walk also appears to be stiff like a robot. Some might feel a darting pain down to the legs as if the muscle is being torn apart, followed by numbness at the thigh and calf.
Our backbone is like a sailboat. The strong muscles supporting the back are comparable to the strings on both sides of the sailboat’s pole. The cause of the backache generally is from the severe inflammation of these muscles. The muscles are called Paraspinal Muscles. They are the inner back muscles, supporting the backbone. They prevent the thrusting force done to the backbone disc. Some people neglect to take good care of this muscle that they become weak. When there is a force done at the back or some non-rhythmic movements like bending to lift a heavy object, hard coughing or sneezing, sudden jerking or turning of the body, there is a high chance of damaging and inflaming the muscle. Some incidents might be so severe that the backbone disc slips forward and out of place leading it to press on the nearby nerve. There is also a backache that is combined with nerve inflammation.
The backache, which is caused by the backbone nerve that comes down to the leg, is different from the muscle inflammation. The pain is not only at the back but is spread to the buttock, thigh or calf. The pain is only felt on one side and not on both sides. There also are two (2) kinds of numbness; one is the Hypersensitive Feeling similar to the numbness we get when we sit overlying the leg or the feeling of being pierced by the needle or the feeling of ants crawling on your skin. As time passes by, the pain appears to change and becomes a Hyposensitive Feeling – a low or abnormally decreased sensitivity to motion and sense of touch.
The sensation slowly gives a feeling that is likened to the thickening of the skin; an example of this is the absence of pain even when a needled is pierced onto the skin. The numbness of the skin will, however, be limited to some areas and not the whole leg; the numbness of the thigh might be just as the size of a lime at first then increases later on.
The weakness of the leg muscle will result in limping as you walk or the sagging of the knee or foot that causes you to trip on your foot tip and fall down. If you take a good look, you might see that the muscle is emaciated on one side (one side shrinks or gets smaller). When you get to this stage, it just means that the patient has had neglected the condition for a long time, making it chronic and with the pain spreading out.
The nerve cell had been damaged that the nerve impulse that helps stimulate or inhibit the action of the leg becomes less. The muscle could not squeeze, contract or move for quite some time, and the number of muscle fiber also decreases.
The final symptom is the loss of control of the automatic nerve system of the back i.e. could no longer withhold urination or defecation, and there is less sweating. At this stage, the chance to get back to normal is minimal which leave the patient with no other option but have an operation.
There are 12 methods and or 12 guidelines of practices to prevent backache from spreading out and damaging the back nerve. These 12 methods are collected from the data of patients who had chronic backache and were unable to do something about it. In my succeeding articles, I will tackle more about these methods, one by one, in order to make sure that operation comes as a last resort.