Genetic back pain is sometimes the result of a hereditary predisposition towards certain pain-causing conditions. Many common causes of back pain can be transferred from one generation to the next through their genes. One of the most important areas of medical research is the identification and isolation of these problematic genes. It is the hope of medical professionals that someday there will be a method of eliminating these hereditary traits and stopping the generational passing of many spinal problems.
This dialog focuses on explaining how back pain might be an inherited condition in many patient profiles.
People get many of their physical and emotional traits from their parents. Many of their talents, dispositions and personality traits are passed down through the genes. Unfortunately, back pain can also be a part of the genetic inheritance.
It is important to be aware of any health problems experienced by your parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, so that you can watch for similar problems in your own health. Knowing there is an increased risk for a condition gives early detection and treatment a far greater chance for a successful cure. Make sure to discuss a thorough family history of illness with your doctor.
There are several types of causative conditions that may possibly be inherited through the genes, including physical and psychosomatic types of expressions:
I never knew anything about my father or his family. He was never in the picture as I was growing up. I only had the opportunity to meet him twice in the last few years of his life. I have no idea about the health history from his side of the family. All I know is that he seemed healthy, until he died in his eighties.
My mother and my grandfather had the same disc condition that I have: degeneration and herniation of the L4/L5 and L5/S1 discs. My grandfather used to sleep on the floor for his bad back and my mother had a long history of treatment leading to an unsuccessful laminectomy. My mom had pain in her back until she died.
For many years I believed that it made sense that I had pain in my back, since it ran in my family. Later on, I learned the truth about my case of genetic back pain.
My grandfather had a stress-prone type A personality (a banker) and my mom was super religious. They both had personality traits that made them extremely vulnerable to psychological pain. I am a perfect blending of both their personalities, so I am not surprised that I inherited not only the innocent scapegoat disc condition, but more importantly, the genetic predisposition towards psychological back pain. If only they would have known this, I am sure they both would have enjoyed a better quality of life without all that suffering.
Inherited back pain can come from either a physical or emotional trait. As we age, we become more like our parents in many ways. Make sure that you do not allow genetic back ache to replicate the former generation of suffering in yourself and in your own children. Understand the conditions and circumstances that may cause problems before the pain begins.