Acute Edema and Back Pain

Published: 02nd March 2009
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There are a number of causes of back pain including acute pulmonary edema. This condition is characterized by a buildup of abnormal and excessive fluids causing the cells in the tissues to react. You may have noticed that if you water a plant too much, it will swell and then wither away. This gives an idea of what happens to the tissue cells with edema.

In acute stages, edema is categorized as heart failure though the problem extends to cause back pain. This is because when the heart rhythm is interrupted, it sends the fluids to the channel system that affects the lungs.

There are several causes of edema including:

• Smoke inhalation

• Myocarditis

• Excessive intravenous fluid intake

• Drug overdose

• Adult respiratory distress syndrome

• Atherosclerosis

The lack of heart pumping can cause stress to the chest, which when the chest is scarred it affects the spines structure and mobility. Overarching the back is where back pain starts, since the chest is restricted from scarring and/or edema.

Edema is often diagnosed by the use of X-rays, ECG, and blood tests. Unfortunately, edema can lead to major medical problems such as:

• Hypernatremia

• Digoxin Toxicity

• Pulmonary Blockage of the arteries

• Embolism

• Excessive Fluid

• Hypokalemia

Hypokalemia decreases the potassium intake needed in the blood. This causes excessive excretion of fluids from the muscles, causing weakness. Back pain is possibly the least of the issues at this point as the heart is the starting point of the problem and this can lead to a heart attack.

When acute edema is present, doctors will often restrict fluid intake, while administering I.V. fluids to substitute. Oxygen and meds are prescribed. Often the doctor will request that the patient remain consistent in a high position.

There are several symptoms of edema to look for including:

• Fatigue

• Coughing

• Hypophysis

• Heart murmurs

• Orthopnea

• Dyspnea

Experts will stipulate that the patient limit fluid intake, and join in oxygen therapy. Since edema causes excessive fluid buildup, isometric exercises, and bed rest is required. Isometric workouts is the process of pushing muscles next to a sturdy surface, whereas the muscles are put under tension, yet restricted from contractions. The exercises are recommended in a variety of medical treatments when back pain is involved.

Edema also affects the joints, cartilages, muscles etc, which can cause tenderness, ulcers of the legs, changes of stasis, and so forth. Edema affects the veins found in the neck as well, which is one of the leading starts of back pain. To avoid traveling into the heart cavity and discussing heart conditions, I will sum up edema and the causes of back pain.

As I mentioned earlier, back pain starts with edema since when the heart is not pumping blood it affects the connective tissues, ligaments, tendons, muscles, cells, joints, etc. As you can see, when the skeleton elements are targeted pain will occur from swelling and inflammation. The cause of back pain then starts with excessive fluid buildup emerging from acute edema and/or peripheral edema conditions.

Back pain has affected millions of people, yet the leading causes emerge from nerve and musculoskeletal disorders. Still, many diseases and disorders can cause back pain, including edema. In fact, when doctors discover musculoskeletal and nerve disorders, they often link one of the potential causes to edema.

Anne has worked primarily within health and welfare for around 35 years. She has always loved to write and has a wide range of interests. She is the owner of http://www.ozehealthbiz.com and http://www.ourkidzbiz.com.


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