There is a rare spinal infection that has only been studied recently. It is called vertebral osteomyletis. This condition is essentially an infection in the spinal disk that causes pain. In most cases, because people are not aware their spinal disk might be infected, they think they have injured their spine in some way. While this is a rare condition affecting on average four people out of 100,000 each year, it is something that can be tested for by an infectious disease doctor.
The Infectious Disease Society of America has recognized this condition in a news release and the it has been studied at the Mayo Clinic. This condition often goes undetected for long periods of time because it’s confused with other types of back pain. The biggest issue with this infection is that people don’t consider they may have a very serious infection and so it can become serious because it goes untreated for so long.
If your back pain doesn’t improve with treatment, there is a small chance you could have this infection. However, just because your back pain is persistent, doesn’t mean that you do have it either. Inflammation and stress are also major contributors to chronic back pain as well and diet and stress reduction techniques can help relieve pain when doctors are unable to treat your pain. This condition is called tension mitosis syndrome which is different that vertebral osteomyletis. There are tests you can get for vertebral osteomyletis which will allow you to know if you have the infection or not.
If your pain is persistent even when you’re resting and you have a fever, there is reason to believe you may have had bacteria lodge into your spinal disk through the bloodstream. It is important to get this test if you have bad pain that treatment has not helped. This infection can lead to death or paralysis. You can find out if you might have it by getting a blood test which can show some signs of it. After the blood test, you doctor will determine if you need an MRI and a biopsy to know for sure if you have the infection.
So how do you prevent this condition from occurring? It sounds undoubtedly undesirable.
An infection like this makes it even more evident why you need to make sure your blood has adequate oxygen supplies, vitamin levels and sufficient detoxing movements that will stimulate the digestive organs. Regular breathing exercises will help prevent infections in bloodstream and keeping your spine moving in all five directions as often as possible will too. That means you should flex and bend, twist and elongate your spine in all directions to keep the digestion regular. When toxins are regularly removed from your body, your chances of developing an infection are greatly reduced. Oxygen also purifies the blood and helps your filter organs, lymphatic system and glandular system function effectively.
There are natural foods that are antibacterial such as garlic, lemons, coconut oil, ginger and turmeric. Tea tree oil and lavender oil are good essential oils to use that are antibacterial as well. Remember exercises that stimulate regular digestion such as yoga and food that have a high fiber content such as raw greens will help you keep toxins from building up in your blood. Also it’s important that you eat a healthy diet to keep your blood vessels flowing.
A strong immune system will help to keep infections from occurring as well. Lemons, mushrooms and garlic bolster your immune system as well as the antioxidant compounds found in colorful raw fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is a great immunity booster as well as magnesium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D. Getting 10-15 minutes of sunshine each day can help your body fight off infections! If you aren’t having a bowel movement at least everyday, you’re at risk for developing infections. You should also try to keep your body alkaline by eating raw greens everyday, drinking alkalized water and a daily shot of either apple cider vinegar or lemon water can help keep your immune system strong so infections are less likely to occur and spread.
It’s important to know that this condition is more common in older people. This makes sense because if your diet is poor and you don’t exercise much, your body becomes more and more susceptible to illness over time as the systems stop functioning properly and organs have trouble functioning.
So you’re probably wondering how this would be treated? It’s a very serious infection because of where it’s located in the spine which has many nerves in it. Often times this infection will require six weeks of intravenous antibiotics and sometimes it requires surgery to remove the infection entirely. Obviously we want to do everything we can now to prevent something as serious as this to happen. If you don’t take care of your health in a preventive way, things will happen to your body down the road, it’s inevitable. Your diet and activity levels are the only things you can control when it comes to your health, so the next time you feel like going to the drive through or binging on processed food, remember this article and choose a salad or healthy meal instead!
If you’ve had chronic pain and aren’t getting relief, you should speak to your doctor about vertebral osteomyeletis. Because this is still something that is relatively new to the radar of infectious disease doctors, many doctors may have never heard of it. You can bring in information about the infection and the tests given to people for it. Try to realize that every doctor is human and can’t possibly know everything so it’s important for us to be as informed as possible and pay attention to our own health. Remember, the best way to prevent back pain is a healthy and low stress lifestyle which requires taking care of the mind and body. Hopefully this article has inspired you to follow the advice of the ancient philosopher hippocrates and “let thy food be thy medicine.”