Smoking Can Cause Chronic Back Pain, Studies Show

Smoking is injurious to health, smoking causes lung cancer, no smoking allowed. 

Rings a bell? Of course it does. You may have seen this in public places, restaurants, offices, clubs, theatres etc.  Most importantly, right on the pack of cigarettes available in most stores. All of us are taught right from the school days that smoking is harmful to our body and one should refrain from smoking. Yet, a sizable fraction of our populace ends up doing just the opposite.

Why does this still happen?

It is said that most people begin smoking when they are in their teen years and do it because of the peer pressure from friends. It can also happen because they see their parents smoke and want to give it a shot, or they try to imitate some onscreen icon. Often people think it is more of an “in-thing” and in no time they get used to it so much that they cannot do without it and increase their intake. Over the years, they smoke not for the very reason they did for the first time but for whole other reasons. They get typecast as “Chain Smokers”, someone who cannot keep their hands off cigarettes.

When asked why they continue smoking; they say it helps them deal with stress, gives them pleasure and energy, or social niceties demand it. The primary substance what gets them addicted is the nicotine in cigarettes. So, once they are done smoking with one smoke, their body craves for another and in case they try to fight the craving they begin to feel anxious, stressed, irritated and low. Hence, they go for the next one and so on.

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Smoking leads to Chronic Back Pain – ample studies to show

Since the first studies published in the 1950’s about the harmful effects of smoking on one’s health, numerous health issues have been linked to cigarettes, including lung diseases, heart disease, cervical cancer, high cholesterol and blood clotting, among others.

These are the ones on top of almost everybody’s mind, but there are other effects too, viz. Chronic Back Pains. Recently, studies have shown that those in constant pain smoke at a higher rate than the ones who do not have chronic pain. It is also speculated that chronic pain patients tend to smoke due to depression or anxiety emanating from the pain, thinking it helps them deal with the pain. However, they are mistaken. What they do not realize is smoking restricts the oxygen flow and other essential nutrients in the blood to the spinal discs leading to lower back pains.

Smoking also increases the risks of joint disorders that lead to chronic pains.

Studies have that there is a link between cigarette smoking and lower back pain. Smoking, hypertension, coronary artery disease is related to the development of lower back pain. Extremely high cholesterol levels are as a result of spine degeneration, another reason causing back pain. Smoking also causes the arteries to harden leading to the pain and degenerative disorders of the discs in the spine. Another study shows that smoking affects the brain circuit associated with pain making smokers prone to a chronic backache. The study also suggested that people who smoke are three times more likely to develop chronic back pain than people who do not smoke.

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Quit Smoking and get that “back” back on track

Yes, it is not easy; nevertheless, it is not impossible. There are several ways to quit smoking, may be done gradually since the body may react adversely should you stop smoking all of a sudden. One can opt for nicotine replacement products viz. nicotine gum, patches; doctor’s advice may be sought on the possible replacement products to help quit smoking. Anything and everything that reminds of tobacco should be discarded immediately; this will include cigarettes, lighters, ashtrays etc. Seek support from family and friends, be well prepared for the challenges, and exercise more often. And one fine that “back” is as good as new.

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Who is the author?

Claire Penny: Backchairs Direct offers workplace ergonomic solutions, including Orthopedic Office Chair, furniture and other posture improving accessories. Claire supports Backchairs Direct with their marketing and sales. She enjoys the study of ergonomics and understands the benefits a correct seating solution can bring to the user.

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