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My Doctor Said It Would Go Away

April 13, 2009

Doctor - Medical History

[originally published in KCN, November 1998]

It is not uncommon for low back pain sufferers to be told by their medical doctors not to worry, the pain will go away on its own.  Unfortunately, words like these bear little comfort to someone down for the count with lumbago.  Like it or not, it’s a common “truth” in the medical arena.  An article published in the medical journal Spine, just over ten years ago, stated, “80-90% of attacks of low back pain recover in about six weeks, irrespective of administration or type of treatment.”  More recently,  back pain guidelines published out of Australia touted similar verbiage:  back pain patients should be “given the assurance that they will recover naturally.”  In a way, I guess this line of thinking sort of fits with our human nature and is somewhat comforting.  It’s much easier to ignore the gigantic gray elephant sitting in your living room, than to face the fact that something might actually be wrong.  “Maybe it will just ‘go away.’”

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