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Referred Pain

Referred pain is pain that is felt at a distance from its source. Referred pain in the knee may be coming from your back or your hip. If, for example, you have a prolapsed disc which is pressing on the sciatic nerve the pain can be transmitted along the nerve and be felt anywhere along its path. The further the point of pain from the source the greater the level of damage to the nerve. Back pain that makes your foot sore is usually more serious than if the all the discomfort was in the back. The pain may also be referred to your knee from “trigger points” in your muscles.

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Tags: Whole Body, Arms and Legs, Lower Body, Ligaments, Spine, Tendons, Muscles, Back pain, Joint strains, Muscle Tears, Muscle sprain or strain, Referred Pain, Sports Injuries

Virus

Viruses are highly infectious germs that attack your body. They are mostly airborne and can attack any of your body’s systems and when they get into your bloodstream they make you feel sick. Your body’s self defence mechanism kicks in immediately by increasing its own temperature to kill off the infection. When your body wins the fight and gets better, it then builds a resistance to re-infection, so that you probably will never get sick from that infection again.

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Tags: Whole Body, Muscles, Back pain

Influenza

Influenza or flu is a common viral infection. There are so many different strains of the virus that we are not able to build up immunity to the flu and we all tend to get re-infected every so often. The virus spreads very easily through droplets that travel mostly through the air. But we can also pick it up from food, sharing cooking utensils, telephones or even shaking hands with an infected person. The flu virus is fought within the body.

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Tags: Whole Body, Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Chest, Muscles, Back pain, Stress related conditions

Infection

There are two kinds of infection, bacterial and viral. They both spread primarily through the air or through contact with a carrier or an infected person. Sharing contaminated food utensils or other things (like phones) is the main way of getting infected. Many of these illnesses will result in muscular aches and pains and more specifically in back pain. As the kidneys are located near the lower back an infection here is a common cause of back pain.

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Tags: Whole Body, Back - Lower, Chest, Muscles, Back pain

Coccydynia

Your coccyx, also known as the “tail bone” is made up of the lowest 5 bones in the spine. Usually some of the 5 are joined together so that you may have only three or so segments. Your coccyx is as individual as you are, they come in all shapes and sizes! These segments, like all bones are held together by ligaments. Coccydynia is the term for any pain coming from the coccyx area. Pain can start from a blow (kick in the butt), a fall on your bottom, childbirth, or by a small bony growth that inflames a bursa.

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Tags: Back - Lower, Lower Body, Ligaments, Spine, Tendons, Muscles, Back pain, Coccydynia, Sports Injuries

Aortic Aneurysm

The aorta is the largest artery in the body and carries all the blood from the heart. Sometimes it can develop a weakness in the wall and this can cause the wall to bulge outwards. When this happens the aorta it is called an Aortic Aneurysm. Most people will have an aneurysm without being aware of it. The aneurysm can burst and if it does it causes excruciating pain in the abdomen and back. It is a medical emergency as there can be a devastating internal blood loss.

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Tags: Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Chest, Abdomen, Back pain

Spinal Stenosis

Your spine is made up of a series of 33 bones, stacked like poker chips one on top of the other. There is a tunnel from top to bottom through which passes the spinal cord -- the nerve supply to the body. Spinal Stenosis happens when this hollow gets too small for the cord and closing in, begins to press on the cord.

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Tags: Upper Body, Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Ligaments, Tendons, Muscles, Back pain, Spinal Stenosis

Kyphosis

A healthy back or spine has two natural curves. Viewed from the side, they curve inward on the bottom and outward on the top. Kyphosis is the term used to describe a curving or bowing of the back which is greater than normal. It refers to the area around the shoulder blades. It can be caused by a number of factors: you may be born with it, it may be the result of an infection or disease, a wearing out of the discs or bones in the spine, cancer, tuberculosis or it may happen as a result of poor posture.

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Tags: Back - Upper, Ligaments, Tendons, Muscles, Back pain, Kyphosis

Lordosis

A healthy back or spine when viewed from the side has two natural curves; outward on the top near the shoulder blades and inward on the bottom around the small of the back. Lordosis is the name given to an increased curve at the base of the spine. The hollow is bigger than normal. Most often this happens because you were not aware of your posture but there are some medical conditions that can make it worse. The extra “load” of pregnancy adds to your lordosis from the 5th and 6th month onwards.

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Tags: Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Ligaments, Muscles, Back pain, Lordosis

Renal Calculus

If you do not drink enough water and your urine becomes concentrated, substances in it can harden to produce a stone. These stones are called “Kidney Stones” or “Renal Calculus”. You will not be aware of them until the urine begins to carry them through your system. Then their sharp edges can tear the sides of the ureter causing it to spasm. It is generally accepted as being the worst pain imaginable.

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Tags: Back - Lower, Back pain

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