One woman I know was in constant agony with her back, she would be laid up in bed for several weeks. This went on for several years. Eventually the Dr. sent her for an x-ray, the results showed that she had a twisted and arthritic spine; this was eased substantially by a change in her medication anti-inflammatories rather than normal painkillers. Someone else I know has a compressed spine, which will eventually need an operation, at the moment he is on crutches, and has been told he needs to be 80% incapacitated before the operation can take place, he has monthly injections to help ease the condition, but these effects do not last long.
Abdominal and back pain together normally occurs in women during their menstrual cycle, or possibly a sign of ovarian problems. It could also be gallbladder related i.e. gallstones (kidney stones) If it is the latter it is best to see your G.P. who will run a series of tests, to identify the cause, this may involve having an ultrasound scan. It could also be a dysfunction of the liver; an ultrasound will also look at the probability. Constipation is another factor. Also uncomfortable beds can give abdominal and back pain, but this doesn’t last long.
Abdominal and back exercises can help relieve and even stop a lot of pain, especially mechanical back pain, which is the most common, just 10 minutes a day can make a whole lot of difference. Muscles weaken with age. These can be done at home, even at work, which is cheaper than going to a gym. If you suffer with back or abdominal pain frequently, always check with your Doctor, before exercising. This also helps to improve posture, which is another contributory factor, especially if you’re sitting at a desk all day. Yoga is also a good way to exercise the back and abdomen.
Our leg muscles, nerves and circulatory vessels begin in our lower back and abdominal area. So sometimes there is a natural relationship between, abdominal and back pain.
The muscles attached to the front of the spine include the abdominal muscles, these enable us to bend, and lift. Therefore it is good practice to exercise these muscles and help alleviate a lot of the stress that is put on them.
One of the best exercises I find, is to sit on the floor, back straight legs outstretched in front, then arch the back and keeping the arms straight reach to touch your toes, start off slowly at first, then gradually increase speed with practice, about five a day is a good start, then when it feels easier increase to what you feel comfortable with.
Eating the right foods and maintaining the right weight balance, and trying to avoid getting over stressed, even vitamin supplements can help in alleviating a lot of the pain, especially in the back. Vitamin A is a good example as it is an anti oxidant and helps the body put protein to good use.