Sunday, 25 October 2009

Smoking Causes Back Pain?

Can daily smoking of tobacco lead to a bad back?

A major Canadian research study has identified a higher rate of chronic lower back pain among people who smoke every day and has showed it relates in particular to young people.

From the article; 

"Professor Michael Cousins said the research suggested their smoking was interfering with pain transmitters, causing osteoporosis or affecting their spine-related blood circulation.
The condition resulted in chronic lower back pain which could also trigger a "downward spiral" in a person's life, he warned.

"Chronic pain is now regarded as a disease in its own right," said Prof Cousins, director of the Pain Management Research Institute at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital. 

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1 comment:

Inner said...

Hello, I am new to this blog, actually, it never crossed my mind that a blog concerning chronic back pain existed...which sounds rather nieve given the fact that I haved lived it for over 10 years now.
Concerning the smoking connection, I, unfortunately, am a smoker(practicing)and I am convinced that smoking has a direct connection to muscle spasms. Without going through a drawn out history, I have recently had a anterior cervical spinal fusion and the most significant pain is now related to muscle spasms. I definitely feel an increase in this type of pain shortly after I smoke. I have even gone so far as to make notes of pain levels as a go through the day. The contricted blood flow to the neck and shoulder region causes the pain from cramping muscles to escalate one or two levels.
I am painfully aware, no pun intended, of the sheer stupidity of smoking for a whole host of reasons, so here's my cop out....when my codiene based pain relievers kick in, I must smoke. That's IT !
Feeling no pain,