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Can stress cause chronic spinal pain?

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It’s common to associate tension and neck pain with stress, but less common to think that
chronic low back pain could be caused or aggravated by stress.
The researchers of the following study wanted to find out if financial worries were associated
with chronic spinal pain (Yang H, Haldeman S, 2020).
Data from 33,672 individuals between the ages of 18 to 85 years were analyzed.
Spinal pain was defined in two ways: chronic low back pain and neck pain, chronic low back
pain and/or neck pain.

 

 

Eight types of financial worries were assessed.
The results showed that financial worries were significantly associated with chronic spinal pain.
Financial worries can certainly be stressful, and we know that chronic stress can affect us both
physiologically and psychologically.
We should do our best to figure out the reason for feeling stressed, and then do our best to take
care of the reason the best we can.
There are however situations beyond our control at times. What can we do then?
Meditation is one technique that if practiced regularly will have a positive effect on us.
There are also other things that can be effective.
The key is to practice regularly, not just when we feel stressed, but also when we feel good.
If you do that, you will find that you are not affected by stressful situations as easily as before.
Life on earth provides plenty of stressful situations, and we will be exposed to them if we like it
or not. We may as well be better prepared.

 

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Reference:

Yang H, Haldeman S, Chronic Spinal Pain and Financial Worries in the US Adult Population,
Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 2020 Apr 15;45(8):528-533.

 

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Can reduction of inflammation improve the recovery of low back pain?

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This research included 155 women 65 years or older with acute low back pain (Queiroz BZ, et.al., 2017).
The researchers showed a relationship between inflammation and low back pain, establishing that low IL-6 levels (an inflammatory marker) preceded the recovery. This supports that proinflammatory cytokines promote pain.

In the first year after an acute episode of low back pain, there was a decrease in the severity of low back pain corresponding to decreased levels of IL-6 and TNF-α, another inflammatory marker.

 

 

The researcher concluded that the probability of occurrence of pain relief at the 12-month
follow-up was 2.22 times higher in elderly women who had low levels of IL-6.

Systemic inflammation is linked with the development and persistence of many pathological pain states (Klyne DM, et.al., 2017).
Both CRP, an inflammatory marker, and IL-6 were higher in study participants with acute low back pain compared with controls, and they were also higher in the participants with more pain compared with those who had less pain?
The researchers said these findings suggest systemic CRP and IL-6 are important contributors to
inflammation in the early phase of low back pain and that various factors can shape these responses.

A plant-based low glycemic index diet can be very effective in reducing systemic inflammation.
Research has also shown plant-derived compounds in supplemental form to reduce free radicals and inflammation.

 

References:

Klyne DM, Barbe MF, Hodges PW. Systemic inflammatory profiles and their relationships with
demographic, behavioral and clinical features in acute low back pain. Brain Behav Immun. 2017
Feb;60:84-92.

Queiroz BZ, Pereira DS, Rosa NMB, Lopes RA, Andrade AGP, Felício DC, Jardim RMFVS, Leopoldino
AAO, Silva JP, Pereira LSM. Inflammatory Mediators and Pain in the First Year After Acute
Episode of Low-Back Pain in Elderly Women: Longitudinal Data from Back Complaints in the
Elders-Brazil. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Aug;96(8):535-540.

 

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What Will Increase Neck Pain?

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Neck pain is very common. Hence, most people have experienced it at times.

Some people who sit at a desk or work as a cashier may lead to experience chronic neck pain.

We are aware that both stress and sitting in a bad position can make neck pain worse. But, what else has science found to increase neck pain?

Maybe you guessed it, it’s inflammation. 

It is recognized that inflammation is important in the development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Moreover, this study measured concentrations of inflammatory compounds (cytokines) in female supermarket cashiers who had work related neck/shoulder problems. Consecutively, they compared the concentrations with women without these complaints (Matute Wilander A, et al. 2014).

Based on this study, healthy women with ongoing work-related neck/shoulder pain had higher concentrations of MIP-1beta, IL-12 and CRP(all inflammatory compounds) when compared to the control group.

How can you reduce inflammation?

You can affect your inflammation greatly with how and what you eat.

Food which raises the blood sugar to a high level has been found to significantly increase hs-CRP, one of the inflammatory markers (Liu S, et al. 2002).

There are many foods that may reduce inflammation. However, legumes may be one of the most effective ones (Esmaillzadeh A, Azadbakht, 2012). Based on this research, women, who have legume intake, showed reduced hs-CRP, TNF-alpha and IL-6, all of which are inflammatory compounds.


References:

Esmaillzadeh A1, Azadbakht L. Legume consumption is inversely associated with serum concentrations of adhesion molecules and inflammatory biomarkers among Iranian women. J Nutr. 2012 Feb;142(2):334-9. doi: 10.3945/jn.111.146167. Epub 2011 Dec 21.

Liu S1, Manson JE, Buring JE, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Ridker PM. Relation between a diet with a high glycemic load and plasma concentrations of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in middle-aged women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2002 Mar;75(3):492-8.

Matute Wilander A, Kåredal M, Axmon A, Nordander C1Inflammatory biomarkers in serum in subjects with and without work related neck/shoulder complaints. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2014 Mar 26;15:103. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-15-103.


 

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Recommendations that work. Foods that reduce inflammation. This is not a regular diet program.