There are many medications that can be prescribed for neuropathic pain and, unfortunately, such drugs can carry a risk of certain side effects. Gabapentin (Neurontin) is an anti-seizure medication that is approved for use in treating nerve pain and, typically, a doctor will make a judgement call about the risk-benefit ratio for gabapentin for spinal stenosis pain. Continue reading “Side Effects of Gabapentin for Spinal Stenosis Nerve Pain” »
Patients who have chronic kidney disease face increased risk of bone loss, including a loss of bone density in the spine that may contribute to spinal stenosis. Unfortunately, normal tests for bone mineral density (BMD) using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) appears to be unhelpful in determining the risk of osteoporosis and bone loss in the spine, so what’s the alternative and what can patients with CKD do to boost bone health? Continue reading “Chronic Kidney Disease and Bone Loss in the Spine” »
Vitamin C is typically seen as the supplement we turn to when trying to get rid of or avoid a nasty cold but could this essential nutrient also be involved in the development and progression of spinal stenosis? Read on to find out how getting enough vitamin C could help with your back pain and why smokers in particular need to carefully monitor their nutrient levels. Continue reading “Is Too Little Vitamin C to Blame for Your Back Pain?” »
For hundreds of years there have been references to the hunch-backed appearance of King Richard III of England but up until now it wasn’t known if this was imaginative licence or based on facts. Following the unearthing in 2012 of the king’s skeleton, scientists have now confirmed that Richard III had scoliosis, or spinal curvature, and a significant case at that, but would it actually have caused the degree of deformity some claim? Continue reading “Tests Confirm Richard III had Scoliosis” »
At first glance you might not think that there’s a connection between antacid medications and spinal stenosis but when you consider how protein pump inhibitors and other antacids can affect nutrient absorption the link becomes clearer.
Osteoporosis can be a cause of spinal narrowing and resultant back pain, neck pain, leg pain, sciatica, and paraesthesia, weakness and other symptoms of spinal stenosis and ensuring proper calcium absorption is key to staving off this bone-thinning disease so are your antacids and back pain connected and what can you do about it? Continue reading “Antacids, Osteoporosis and Spinal Stenosis” »
The diagnosis of spondylodiscitis as a cause of low back pain is increasingly frequent but this condition, which can prove fatal, is still commonly overlooked due to the simple fact that low back pain affects so many people. Spondylodiscitis is a spinal infection causing inflammation of the vertebrae and the disc space.
Typically it is caused by infection with Staphylococcus aureus and is more common in older adults, but what’s the prognosis if you have spondylodiscitis and low back pain? Continue reading “Staphylococcus Aureus and Spondylodiscitis” »
A new clinical trial has found that zoledronic acid is effective at relieving low back pain associated with modic changes in the spine. What are modic changes, and are these the source of your back pain? Read on to find out if zoledronic acid treatment could help you too. Continue reading “What Are Modic Changes in the Spine and Why Might Zoledronic Acid Help?” »
A new study, funded by Purdue Pharma and presented at the American Pain Society (APS) 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting, outlined how a novel extended-release oxycodone and naloxone protocol for chronic low back pain could help reduce the risk of addiction to pain medications in patients. Over a thousand people were recruited for the study, all of whom had chronic low back pain for which they were taking opioid painkillers, a type of medication that poses a high risk of addiction. Continue reading “Preventing Addiction – Combined Pain Medication for Chronic Low Back Pain” »
A presentation at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 66th Annual Meeting could change the way physicians view patients for whom typical doses of pain medications aren’t effective. The presentation described results of a study that found a genetic component to pain perception, meaning that the way we perceive pain may be inherited from our parents, and not just through social conditioning. Continue reading “Back Pain – Is it all in Your Genes?” »