4 Weird Reasons for Back Pain Your Doctor Isn’t Going to Tell You About

By on December 14, 2015
4 Weird Reasons for Back Pain

There are many reasons for back pain, but here are 4 Weird Reasons that might be effecting you. Back pain is such a common problem in western countries that most people will complain of it at sometime in their lives. What is causing a person’s back pain, however, is not always easy to determine and many people suffer with back pain without doctors ever finding a cause.

But even when doctors BELIEVE they have found a cause of someone’s back pain, a slipped disk for instance, that does not even mean that is the actual problem. Lots of people have slipped disks, ruptured disks, or other problems without ever even having back pain. And even people with ruptured disks often have their pain go away- even thought they still have the ruptured disk!

So back pain may not necessarily be what we think it is, and the causes of back pain are very often problems that no one has even looked for. Four weird reasons that you might have back pain that your doctor is unlikely to ever look for, and therefore will never discover or remedy are:

1) Fluoroquinolone Toxicity

You’ve probably never heard of this class of antibiotics that have been implicated in many serious health problems including tendon rupture, heart rhythm disruption, lifetime nervous system damage, Autoimmune Disease, and death.  While the above problems are well-known to science, one less well-known adverse reaction of these drugs is that of serious musculoskeletal problems, including back pain.

If you’ve ever taken these antibiotics that include drugs like Cipro, Levaquin, or Avelox, then your back pain could be a result of the musculoskeletal side effects of these drugs. See the page from FQ Research entitled One of the Causes of Low Back Pain Might Be Your Antibiotic.

2) Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 Deficiency is probably one of the least well-known nutritional deficiencies linked to back pain. Most people can’t imagine that they could have this common nutritional deficiency, however, it’s far more common than anyone believes, and it’s not just limited to the elderly and vegetarians. There are MANY reasons for Vitamin B12 deficiency, and one of the results can be back pain.

Interestingly, the mere fact that you have back pain, means that you might benefit from taking Vitamin B12. This is true EVEN IF you already have diagnosed diseases of the back such as spinal stenosis, disk disease, or when no reason at all has been identified 1     2

Vitamin B12 is Classified as an Analgesic Drug

This is also true regardless of whether or not you are determined to be Vitamin B12 deficient, in part because Testing for Vitamin B12 Deficiency is so inaccurate as to be almost worthless. Additionally, all B12 is not created equal. For back pain, be sure that you use the Methylcobalamin form of Vitamin B12, and not cheaper less-effective formulations such as the more common, but less-effective cyanocobalamin form of Vitamin B12.

3) Vitamin D Deficiency

Chronic Pain from Vitamin D Deficiency has been studied EXTENSIVELY. In fact, almost 100% of all pain patients are Vitamin D deficient and many of them can benefit from Vitamin D. Unlike Vitamin B12, one does need to be Vitamin D deficient in order to benefit from using Vitamin D to help relieve back pain. However, most Vitamin D scales on laboratory reports are too low, meaning that even if you’ve had a level and it shows that you have a Normal Vitamin D Level, there may still be a possibility of having pain relief from raising them to optimal  levels.


4) Magnesium Deficiency

Almost any health problem can be a Sign of Magnesium Deficiency. Those with back pain might be particularly deficient, even if Magnesium Blood Levels are completely normal. Magnesium is an interesting nutrient in that it works alongside calcium for healthy muscle function. Calcium helps muscles to contract, and magnesium helps muscles to relax. Anyone taking a muscle relaxant is a prime candidate for help from magnesium, because magnesium is the ultimate muscle relaxant!

Unfortunately, most westerners have plenty of calcium, even to excess, then ignorance in the medical profession and the media has people taking calcium supplementation in addition to diet. The western diet also is often quite deficient in magnesium in the first place, then the overload of calcium leaves us even more magnesium deficient. Musculoskeletal pain is one of the predictable results of this calcium overload and magnesium deficit.

So, even if you have ‘tried everything’ for your back pain, or even if you have a diagnosed reason for your back pain complete with X-rays or MRI’s telling you what the problem is, you might be surprised that you might still benefit from looking for and treating these other problems that can cause back pain. Don’t give up hope, there are still solutions that can help reduce or get you out of pain even if you’ve given up hope.


About Kerri Knox, RN

The author is a Registered Nurse and Functional Medicine Practitioner. With 20 years of experience in health care, she has the unique perspective of being solidly grounded in both Conventional Medicine and Alternative Medicine. She can help you to to find and repair the underlying causes of chronic illness, while empowering you to take charge of your own health. She is the owner and author of this blog and website.

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