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spineuniverse.com July 23, 2008
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What to Do for Back Pain: Get a Massage
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Question:
I’m pregnant with my first child and due September 21.  Everything’s going just as it should, but I am starting to have pains in my lower back.  I notice it especially at the end of my work day, or when I stand up for more than 20 minutes.  What can I do to make the pain go away?  I’ve still got two months to go—I’ll take any help I can get.
—Bloomingdale, IL

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Answer:
Isn’t it wonderful being pregnant?  Well, except for the back pain.

It’s not surprising that women’s backs hurt so much while they’re pregnant.  You’re putting a lot of extra weight right up front, and that puts a lot more pressure on your spine as it adjusts to your new body size.  Your low back muscles are also working harder as they try to balance out your growing front.

Two months is way too long to deal with this low back pain, but I have a few easy suggestions that’ll make this time easier for you.  The first thing I recommend is...

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Nicola V. Hawkinson, RN, ANP This Week's Expert:
Nicola V. Hawkinson, RN, RNFA, NP
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
NYU—Hospital for Joint Diseases
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Back and Neck Pain
Link Between Birth Control and Back Pain

Does the pill really increase low back pain?  One group of scientists says yes.

But how do oral contraceptives make your back hurt…and what can women do about it?...Read More

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Birth Control and Back Pain

Scientists have found a definite link between the duration of oral contraceptive use and low back pain.
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What’s a Pedicle Screw?

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Common Conditions:

Back Pain
Neck Pain
Degenerative Disc Disease
Herniated Discs
Kyphosis
Low Back Pain
Osteoporosis/Spinal Fracture
Sciatica
Scoliosis
Spinal Stenosis
Spondylosis
Spondylolisthesis
Whiplash
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Healthy Living
Rx for Summer: Get More Vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels can lead to chronic back pain.  So to take care of yourself and your spine, get as much vitamin D as you need every day.  Summer’s the perfect time to get more vitamin D– because you can get it from the sunshine!

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Get More Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium.
Spine Care Tips
Tips for Eating Well

Lose weight and you could lose the back pain.

TIP: Non-dairy sources of calcium are salmon, sardines, dates, oranges, pinto beans, broccoli, kale, and calcium-fortified juices, breads, and cereals.

Find more easy-to-implement tips on how to maintain a healthy diet...
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Eat Healthy to Lose your Back Pain

Eating healthy can help keep the pounds off...and reduce back pain.
 
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