My Back Hurts: 5 Surprising Reasons Why

surprising reasons for your back pain

If you are one of the many people that suffer from back pain, you may not be aware of some of the things you do daily that could be contributing to your pain.

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, there are 26 million of Americans who suffer from frequent back pain. But for those who do not have a diagnosed issue with their back, finding a source is perplexing. Your back pain could be caused by one of the reasons below.


Are you shoulders tense? Do you suffer from headaches? Does your back pain occur over specific periods, then disappear? Have you had any changes to your sleep pattern? Has anything changed in your personal life? Has anything changed in your professional life?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then stress could be the cause of your back pain.  Stress is known to exhibit and manifest itself in the body in different ways. Tension form a workload or life that is too full can result in back pain. To combat this, there are several ways to alleviate stress, including stretching, taking a walk or working on a hobby that you enjoy. Releasing stress and tension may help to reduce pain that you feel in your back.


The more weight that you carry on your body, the more likely you are to have back pain. So a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables is essential to keeping your body properly maintained, and can lead to less pain overall.  Part of your diet to pay attention to is foods that can cause inflammation. This includes: some legumes, processed foods, sugar, dairy, refined flour, artificial sweetener and saturated fats.

The difficult thing is that specific foods interact with people differently. A key step in identifying which foods cause inflammation in your body is to track foods and write down how you feel when you eat them. Make sure to consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

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