Backache - Symptoms
- soreness of the muscles, dull aches or sharp, shooting pain
- pain upon slight motion brought about by coughing and sneezing
- pain with a tingling sensation in the arms or legs
- mild swelling over the affected area
- weakness in the muscles or reduced power
- pinched nerve sensations
- discomfort so severe that the patient wakes up from their sleep
- altered sensations in the affected area
- tilted spine
Apart from causing physical disability, backache can also be the reason behind the patient’s emotional trauma.
- weight gain, obesity
- life-long disability
- nerve damage
- urinary incontinence, that is, urinating unintentionally
- difficulty urinating
- faecal incontinence, that is, loss of bowel control
- numbness around the genitals, anus and buttocks
Pain can come in the way of enjoying normal, daily activities, adversely affecting the quality of life.
Few emotional complications include the following:
- The patient may not enjoy activities such as cooking because of their pain.
- The patient may start avoiding family outings, functions or parties because they find it difficult to travel with intense pain.
- Limited body movements get in the way of family life, such as playing with kids or simply being active and enthusiastic at home.
- High-impact sports, such as cricket, basketball or squash, and even dancing may become difficult due to stiffness and soreness in the back.
- Backache hampers concentration at work.
- Backache may cause disturbed sleep.
- Patients with backaches become increasingly irritable, sad or depressed and anxious, because they may have to depend on others for helping with simple, routine activities through the day.