thedeg and everyone else,
Another thing that I keep wanting to mention for anyone with back pain, or any kind of muscle and tissue pain is something that we all keep forgetting about... and probably the most important remedy to maintain our quality of life, or improve our quality of life (besides exercise that is appropriate for our personal condition) - is to drink plenty of fresh, pure WATER every day.
Other liquids just don't do the same thing, especially liquids which have caffeine, and act as a diuretic - which is exactly the opposite thing from what we want. I once read an article in a newsletter from a holistic health center which said that 34% of all Americans are chronically dehydrated. And the effects of dehydration can be felt in our physical being as well as emotionally. Since the body needs water to create new blood cells, mucus and other bodily fluids - and the spine especially needs water to keep the discs spongy and cushiony - the less water we drink, the more likely we are to have more rapid deterioration in our muscles, ligaments, joints, discs and internal organs in general.
Last summer while suffering from sinusitis, I fell asleep for several hours in my car on a very hot day. When I woke up, the cramping in my whole body was so severe I had to have a friend take me to the emergency room, where I stayed for three days - being pumped full of fluids for severe dehydration. Where did I feel the most intense pain? My neck, my back and the bottoms of my feet where I have muscle deterioration. Also I developed the most intense headache I've ever had.
Lack of water can lead to very serious problems... especially for those of us with back pain, joint pain and muscle pain. Indeed for any health related problem - taking in plenty of water is generally speaking one of the most important elements of any treatment plan. It's also critical for flushing out all of the impurities in our systems every day, especially with all of the medication that so many people must now take.
The article in the newsletter said that as well as the physical breakdown of muscle tissue and organ tissue, becoming dehydrated can lead to a whole host of emotional problems as well, like depression for starters. We can get downright grumpy when we start to dehydrate...
So, drink up everybody. Here's to your health!