Back pain is no fun. If your back hurts, it’s pretty certain you’re not going to have a good day. Needless to say, finding any way to prevent it would be ideal. Common causes include ruptured or slipped discs, arthritis, osteoporosis or muscle strain, but below are a few unconventional sources or causes and how to prevent them if possible.
Infections or Tumors
Osteomyelitis is a condition in which an infection involves the vertebrae; or discitis when it affects the discs that cushion the vertebrae. Additionally, organs located around the lumbar area that catch infections can cause back pain. Kidney infection is a commonly known cause of this and should be treated immediately. Tumors do not typically start in the back but can spread there. Hopefully you would already be aware of such conditions before they start causing back pain. If not, be sure to explore this as an option with your doctor if no other solution to your back pain is found. (WebMD)
While stress usually is not a direct cause of back pain, it can affect how severe your pain is and how long it lasts. The release of stress hormones actually intensifies feelings of pain and can also cause muscles to tighten. This can in turn decrease blood flow causing acids within the muscles to build up leading to even greater pain. If you believe your stress level is a contributing factor, do something relaxing: take a day off to enjoy your favorite hobbies, or better yet get a back massage. (WebMD)
Lymph nodes swell up when they are trying to fight off an infection. You have over 500 of them in your body, and a good portion of them are located in you neck and the back of your head, so their swelling may feel like upper back pain. The good news is that you only need to treat the source and not the symptom. As soon as the infection is gone or significantly smaller in your body, the swelling and the pain will go down. Try an immune booster to help speed along the process. If the swelling does not go down after a month, talk to your doctor. (thelymphnodes.com)
Sitting or Laying All Day
I discovered this first-hand each semester during exam week. Those long of days back-to-back-to-back (no pun intended) sitting nearly all day inside the library, save the walks to and from school, wreaked havoc on how bad my back felt. And trying to lay down didn’t help to ease it. This happens because when a muscle (lumbar muscles, in this case) is at rest, less oxygen is able to get to it causing more wastes to build up. Stretching can help, but the best remedy is to simply stay active throughout the day. Follow the link below for ideas on how to fix this problem. (About.com)