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Anne Asher

Smoking and Back Pain - A Reason To Quit

By January 2, 2013

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So we've talked, somewhat extensively about obesity and back pain. It's still New Year's time, so let's now turn our attention to smoking and back pain.

I know that you know you shouldn't smoke. That it leads to lung cancer. That it's a major risk factor for heart disease. But I also want you to know that it can increase your pain levels and damage your spine. If you think I'm applying a psychological technique to get you to be motivated to quick - I am, It's called the health belief model, which is about weighing the barriers to quitting with the benefits (i.e. avoid these big, bad diseases) of doing the same.

Here is a spine related laundry list of why you should not smoke:  Health Risks - to Your Spine - Of Smoking

And here is a run down on the ways in which smoking causes damage to your spinal structures.  How Smoking Damages Your Spine.

January 8, 2013 at 4:21 am
(1) Back Pain Clinic in the Philippines says:

I’ve never thought that back pain is related to smoking but I really think it is because when I quit smoking, my hardly aches already. It’s been a year since I stopped smoking and the only times that my upper back hurts is when I am really tired. But when I was smoking, my back hurts almost every other night. I’ve read too that doctors have not really pin pointed the real connection between the two but I will not wait for that to happen; its a good thing that I stopped and I suggest the same for every one who experiences the same situation.

February 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm
(2) pain free says:

Most have experienced it. All, who have, will never forget it. What? Back pain in the morning. Nothing is worse than waking up from a great night’s sleep to take your first step out of bed, and stop dead-in-your-tracks from shooting back pain. What can you do to decrease your odds of having this dreadful event occur? Here are three tips to avoid back pain in the morning.

November 6, 2013 at 11:33 pm
(3) Shelly says:

Everytime I stop smoking my upper back stop hurting. I have been feeling pain in my upper back, chest, legs and burning at the nail bed of one toe. I stopped smoking for a week and I have not had any pain in any of those areas. The bad part is I like smoking so I don’t know what I’m going to do.

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