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There are numerous ways to experience an ache in your back. This is something new to me the lower back pain which leads to spasms that literally drive me on my knees.

It’s not as painful as the pain that comes from doing too much at the park. Everyone who gardens knows the exquisite sensation that occurs from excessive digging or shoveling. In all the years that I’ve gardened and shoveled, I have experienced that discomfort well. It’s not the usual lower back discomfort.

A study published in 2018 within the European Spine Journal revealed significantly higher incidences of back pain that lasted longer, in those suffering from Parkinson’s disease than healthy people. Patients with Parkinson’s disease have more chronic and severe lower back pain. Researchers found that the progression of Parkinson’s disease may lead to an aging of the spine’s lumbar region and this can lead to lower back pain in 88% of those.

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Based on an article that was published in the year 2018 by Frontiers in Neurology, both low back pain as well as Parkinson’s disease are linked to impaired proprioceptive function, sensorimotor orientation in standing balance, anticipatory posture adjustments, automatic responses to postural changes and striatal-cortical activity.

All of them occur as I stumble and weave the “off” intervals. Back and neck pain is more severe on my right side, however it’s not obvious and difficult to discern when the spasms occur.

In the authors’ Frontiers in Neurologyarticle further suggest that “it might not be as unlikely to view the low back pain an axial form of parkinsonism. This makes it the most common parkinsonism that exists in the world.” Its symptoms are gait freezing posture instability and posture changes. These can have a profound effects on the health and quality of life. Furthermore the symptoms are not affected by dopaminergic medications and surgery.

In an article from 2008 released in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, a chiropractor doctor noted that early Parkinson’s disease without tremor mimicked the mechanical pain in back. In a follow-up appointment with the patient following the official diagnosis of Parkinson’s the doctor noted that “something” began to change within a year.

The article’s writer wrote:

“In the past, … diagnosis might be unable be made earlier since patients’ symptoms are insignificant, not specific and common … However, if it weren’t for the absence of any notable subjective back pain symptoms on at the time that led to review of the case, one might not have been aware of the unusual series of symptoms arising and dialing in that diagnosis PD could have been more put off.”

My lower back pains are like my muscles are being commanded by my Parkinson’s brain that is broken to contract and “be prepared.” After I’ve finished the off-phase and the brain’s broken commands cease. There are no repercussions of back pain caused by injurymuscles that are twitching as a signal to me not to be in a particular position since it makes the pain get worse. My back pain that is not associated with my off-period seems to be a totally different occurrence.

As a self-management tool, I lost 20 pounds in order to reduce mechanical strain in my body. Massage is one of my methods that can help, as does stretching exercises and stretching. However, my back and neck pain is intermittent as an occurrence known as a “flicker impact.” In the event that I pay attention immediately to the flashing surges of back and neck discomfort, the results are less severe. The pain isn’t as severe, and does not last as long, and spasms don’t happen.

When I see a flickering effect I use when the flicker effect occurs, I employ the “sideways viewing” method. Since the pain does not appear to be caused by injury but rather a result of unusual “get ready muscles” signalling in the brain, sideways watching can be helpful. This allows me to observe that fractured brain-brain connection and contemplate the brain’s noise to find peace. It took me some time to master this, but it is a good idea efficiently when I’m in a state of relaxation.

I propose this new viewpoint on back and neck pain that can be caused by Parkinson’s. I consider it to be another manifestation of my most favorite non-motor problem, homeostasis dysfunction. Parkinson’s disease causes dysregulation and irregular response to fight or flight during periods of off that irritate the neck and back muscles by prompting these muscles “get up.” In using this technique to treat the issue, the pain is reduced significantly and I experience relief.

This is completely for me to learn. I’m still trying to figure out how to move around all over the world with discomfort while also implementing sideways vision, but I am trying to figure it out. I’m still not quite there however, I have had enough success so far applying sideways view to the unusual back and neck discomfort to motivate me to keep going.

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