Almost all of us will experience some type of back pain in our life. Most estimates suggest at least 80% of us will suffer this terrible pain. But some people suffer from back pain that may actually have a silver bullet cure - antibiotics.
That's right! The drugs that kill bacterial infections may be the cure you've been looking for to cure your back pain. At least that's what researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have discovered. In fact, these researchers suggest that as many as 50% of lower back pain cases could be the result of a bacterial overgrowth. And this bacterial overgrowth might respond to targeted antibiotic therapy.
The researchers even went so far as to say that the cure could be long lasting and, in many cases, it could be permanent. That's great news for anyone who suffers from chronic back pain.
Through a series of studies, the researchers wanted to find out the root cause of chronic lower back pain. They found that bacteria can infect herniated discs. And that can cause bone swelling and pain.
What's more, nearly 50% of all back pain patients who have slipped or herniated discs have these bacterial infections. So if you have chronic back pain, you need to talk to your doctor to see if you have an infection. If you do, then these researchers suggest trying antibiotics.
According to the studies, the bacteria that cause lower back pain are the same type that can cause skin acne. Most doctors will tell you that this type of bacteria doesn't usually cause damage or pain. But these studies prove otherwise. If the bacteria get in between the discs in your spine or in damaged areas, they can multiply and damage tissue. The end result is chronic inflammation and pain. The researchers also found through magnetic resonance imaging scans that if you don't treat the bacteria, it will continue to grow and damage other areas of the vertebrae.
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I believe antibiotics may be just the answer you're looking for in these cases. Antibiotics are so overused, I'm hesitant to suggest you use them. But I do know that they can work wonders in cases of bacterial overgrowth like this. Just make sure you're taking a good probiotic if you go this route.
With that said, I don't think antibiotics are the only option you have to treat a bacterial overgrowth. On Monday, I'll show you other natural antibiotics that could work against this type of bacteria - and other bacterial infections.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.