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PMS Symptoms: Back Pain

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PMS and the Body

Women experience different symptoms 7 to 14 days before their period. Such as bloating, acne, headaches, back pain and tender breasts.  These symptoms are known as PMS. PMS can affect your mood as well as your body.  It will often change the way you act.   You may find yourself having trouble dealing with stuff at work or home.  You may feel anxious and depressed.  It is possible for these symptoms to be different month to month.  Doctors are not sure why PMS affects each woman differently.  Some believe that it may be genetic. Lack of the proper nutrition may also be a factor in PMS.

Back Pain

Back pain during PMS can affect each person differently.  The intensity and location of the pain can be different from month to month.  You may experience the pain in your lower back, shoulders or even neck area.  The first thing you think to do is grab a heating pad and the Midol and lay in bed until the pain goes away.  This is the worst thing you can do for PMS and back pain. Lying in bed will actually cause your muscles to tighten up, increasing your pain.

Treatments

Exercise is one best way to treat back pain.  Staying active in your daily life will help to relieve the pain and possibly help you in the future.  Stretch before each exercise.  This will loosen up the muscles and prevent any strain on you. There are also several of nonprescription drugs that you can take for back pain.  Doctors suggest using Ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, or Motrin are examples of these) as a short term treatment.  Any long term usage of this drug may cause ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is another drug that you can get over the counter that will relieve pain.  However, if it is taken in large quantities for an extended period of time it may cause liver disease.

Natural Forms of Treatment

There are a few inexpensive ways to naturally treat back pain.
  • Reflexology - Pressure is applied to your hands and feet which are connected to other places in your body.  This helps blood circulation ease pain and relaxes you.
  • Acupuncture - This is a process where practitioners use needles to stimulate specific points in the body for therapy. It has been known to restore blood flow, relax muscles and strengthen weak muscles.
  • Yoga - Yoga is a great way to relax, relieve pain and increase flexibility. It is a combination of breathing, physical exercise and meditation.

Prevention

There is no one way to prevent back pain due to PMS.  Doctors say having a healthy diet and plenty of exercise is the best way to help.  Eat a lot of complex carbs (such as whole grains, cereal and pasta), more fiber, and protein. Exercise more often instead of longer or more intense.

Sources

http://www.bchealthguide.org/kbase/topic/major/hw39439/descrip.htm
http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/default.htm
http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/tc/low-back-pain-other-treatment
http://www.emedicinehealth.com/back_pain/page6_em.htm#Back%20Pain%20Treatment
http://www.spine-health.com/topics/conserv/yoga/yoga01.html

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