Anyone Experience Searing (upper) Back Pain When Fasting Or When Blood Sugar Gets Too Low Or Too High?
"A multitude of patients have come to us for pain between the shoulder blades or in the upper back. This area of the spine that starts just below the neck, and ends at the bottom of the rib cage, is called the mid-back." "One of the most interesting and baffling causes of mid-back pain is from the blood-sugar control system. Because the nerves to the organs of blood-sugar control (pancreas, liver, and adrenal glands) travel out from this part of the spine, a person???s dietary error may trigger this type of spinal pain. The other day a patient reported a stabbing mid-back pain. On inquiring, she told us of eating her way through a whole bag of candy in one sitting (just before the pain started). Excess carbohydrate (sugar or starch) overload can cause this area of the spine to subluxate (go out of place, and irritate the adjacent nerves). The typical location is right around the center of the back (at about the height that a bra strap crosses a woman???s back)." Continue reading >>
What Does Lower Back Pain Have In Common With Low Carb Eating?
Strange question, huh? Before you get too excited, I’m not about to tell you that a low carbohydrate diet is a remedy for back pain. Instead, I am going to explain a remarkably parallel experience I’ve had. I never made the connection until this week when a reader asked an unrelated question about lower back pain. The best, worst experience of my life As my third year of medical school was winding down, and I was just about to embark on a bold fourth year curriculum of back-to-back-to-back-to-back surgical sub-internships, I was on top of the world. I was 27 years old, living in Palo Alto, California with my best friends, I had a wonderful girlfriend, I was working hard to prepare for my application to a surgical residency, and I still found time to work out like a wannabe Olympian. What more could I ask for? One sunny, June afternoon I got out of the pool after a good workout and felt a very strange pain in my lower back. After riding my bike a few hundred yards to the weight room, it wasn’t getting better. Actually, it was getting worse. So bad, in fact, I did something I’d never done before – I decided to skip my workout and pedal home. I iced my back, took some ibuprofen, and went to bed. The next morning I woke up only to realize I literally could not get out of bed. After struggling for some time I had to call my roommate to get me out of bed and help me to the bathroom. I called my chief resident and apologized that I would not be able to come in to the hospital that day, and assured him I’d be fine the next day. But I wasn’t. Nor was I fine the day after or the day after. A few days later I managed to limp my way into the hospital for rounds and with the help of the residents and nurses who were kind enough to give me intramuscular injections of a Continue reading >>