Spinal pain is often associated with osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, a herniated disc, or osteoarthritis. While these conditions are the most common disorders associated with spinal pain, certain chronic conditions and drugs may also be responsible. Here are some disorders and medications that may prompt you to seek spinal pain treatment.
Peripheral Vascular Disease
If you smoke or have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a sedentary lifestyle, or if you have a family history of cardiovascular disease, you may be more likely to develop peripheral vascular disease. Also known as PVD, this circulatory disorder can cause leg pain, discolored limbs, pain in your back or spine when lying flat, and weakness or numbness in your back or leg muscles.
If you have unrelenting spinal pain that does not resolve with rest, heat, or anti-inflammatory medications, see your doctor. You will need a comprehensive systemic and musculoskeletal examination, and if your doctor recommends it, an ultrasound of the blood vessels in your legs, an electrocardiogram, or a neurological examination to rule out peripheral vascular disease. Once the source of your pain has been identified, a spinal pain treatment plan will be implemented, which may include blood thinners, smoking cessation, increasing exercise, and vascular surgery.
Statin drugs are used in the management of high cholesterol. If you are unable to bring down your cholesterol levels through diet and exercise, your doctor may prescribe statin drugs. While they can lower your low-density lipoproteins, which are the blood lipids that are thought to raise your risk for heart attack and stroke, statin drugs can cause serious side effects. One of the most common side effects, especially during early treatment, is severe muscle pain.
Statin-related pain commonly occurs in the arms and legs, but it can cause debilitating spinal pain. If your pain doesn't subside after a few weeks, your doctor may need to lower your dosage, because statin-related pain is often dose-dependent. This means that you are more likely to develop side effects at higher doses. If a dose reduction fails to resolve your symptoms, your doctor may discontinue the medication altogether. While it may take a few weeks before your spinal pain subsides, it will eventually go away.
If you have peripheral vascular disease or if you take statin drugs to manage high cholesterol, see your doctor if you develop back pain. When a spinal pain treatment plan is implemented early on, your symptoms are less likely to progress.