A back pain relapse can be a very scary situation for any patient who feels that they have already recovered from serious or chronic back ache. Relapses can occur for many reasons, including re-injury, continued degeneration or emotional factors. Regardless of the reason for a relapse, the effect is almost always dramatic on the poor patient. They are frightened and wonder how many more of these horrific episodes they may have yet to suffer.
The more frequently relapses take place, the worse the anxiety typically becomes for one's future. The more anxiety the patient suffers, the more relapses they experience. It is a vicious cycle.
Back injuries sometimes leave the affected patient susceptible to further trauma down the road. This is especially true for anatomical damage which is severe or instances in which scar tissue has developed in the back muscles or spinal structures. Luckily, most injuries heal fully and sometimes make the region even stronger than before the initial traumatic event.
It is always crucial to rehabilitate all back injuries completely, even if this entails utilizing the services of a professional physical therapist. Talk to your doctor during rehabilitation to ensure that you understand how to prevent additional injury in the future, thereby lessening the chance for an agonizing relapse of symptoms.
In some instances degenerative back pain can be relieved for months or even years at a time. However, most degenerative conditions which are indeed symptomatic might continue to progress, causing a relapse of pain at some point in the future. This progression of spinal aging often stabilizes at some point and might eventually become completely non-problematic.
For degenerative conditions which enact recurrent bouts of symptoms over many years, moderate or drastic treatment is sometimes necessary to finally stop the constant unpredictable outbreaks of pain.
Make sure to discuss your condition thoroughly with your doctor and get a good idea how your diagnosis will affect you now and in your future. If your doctor can not answer all of your relevant questions concerning your condition, it might be wise to get a second opinion to better understand the reason behind your symptoms and the outlook for your future.
Psychological back pain is known as a treatment resistant condition, since it is rarely correctly identified as the actual source of symptoms. Additionally, the underlying reasons why most people suffer from any form of psychosomatic pain syndrome are inherently linked to the personality of the affected individual.
It is obviously very difficult, if not impossible, to remove the facets of oneself which leave a person open to psychoemotional pain conditions. Therefore, it is always possible to suffer minor or significant set backs at some point during the curative process or even many years after being pain-free.
The stresses of life can pile up, for even the most enlightened patient and may enact symptoms, even when the true psychosomatic nature of the pain is recognized. Fortunately, most recurrences are temporary and easily solved, once the patient has experience dealing with this epidemic type of back pain. Knowledge therapy is the key, regardless of whether you are dealing with psychological back pain the first time or the tenth.
Psychotherapy might be indicated for patients who continue to generate symptoms, despite an aggressive knowledge therapy program.
If you suffer a relapse of acute or chronic back pain, don’t panic. Put the pain in perspective and realize that you beat it before and you can beat it again. Excessive worry and anxiety about your symptoms will only give them more power over you and certainly extend their duration. Allow your mind to guide your body in healing the pain and moving forward in life.
This is good advice in all things, but seems especially vital to remember when pain comes knocking once again.