Unresolved Low Back Pain DO THIS

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 09/20/2023

Ever felt like you're carrying the weight of the world on your back? You might feel a twinge, a dull ache, or even sharp jabs in your lower spine.

These are all signs of causes and remedies for unresolved low back pain. What could be causing this low back pain, and how can we address it?

We've all heard tales about people who tweaked their backs while golfing or had nagging discomfort from sitting too long at work.

What if there's more to these stories than just bad luck or poor posture?

Could kidney stones, hormonal imbalances, an enlarged prostate gland, or repetitive exercises be secret culprits lurking behind our back woes?

This isn't just your typical health advice telling you to lift with your knees, not your back. We're diving deep into the often overlooked causes of low back pain and how to tackle them better.

Understanding the Link Between Kidney Stones and Low Back Pain

Kidney stones can be a real nuisance in the back region. They're often sneaky culprits, mainly when they occur on one side of your lower back, causing that nagging lower back pain.

And no, it's not always about lifting heavy stuff or bad posture. Sometimes, it concerns those little hard deposits formed in your kidneys.

When kidney stones are at play, you might feel a sharp shooting pain starting from the lumbar spine - which most people call their 'lower' back - extending to sacroiliac joints.

The referred pain isn't limited there; it could even affect nerve roots leading to severe chronic discomfort.

The Role of Diet in Preventing Kidney Stones

Now let's talk diet. Your eating habits control these stone-forming villains more than you think. Overeating spinach? Nut lover?

Without enough lemon juice in your diet, these healthy foods might become risky for developing kidney stones because of their high oxalate content.

A proper diet plays an essential role here. Lemon juice is like nature’s secret weapon against kidney stones – its citrate content helps dissolve them into smaller particles that our body can comfortably deal with, reducing chances for spinal nerve roots getting irritated, which eventually leads us towards lesser low back pains.

Moving away from specific food items, if we look closely immune system also contributes significantly towards managing such conditions: higher levels of inflammation make us more susceptible while keeping the bloodstream clean helps mitigate risks associated with kidney stones and back pain.

So, how about a lemon spinach salad for dinner tonight? Hold the nuts, though.

Hormonal Imbalances as a Cause of Low Back Pain

Moving onto hormonal imbalances - conditions like endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, and polycystic ovarian syndrome can refer to pain in the lower back.

This happens because these conditions create an environment in your body that disrupts normal functioning leading to discomfort or chronic pain.

Once more, it's our diet to the rescue. Let's chow down on some cruciferous veggies - hello there.

What causes hormone imbalances?

Hormonal Imbalances as a Cause of Low Back Pain

Ever wondered why you're experiencing persistent lower back pain, despite all efforts to fix it? The answer could be hiding in your hormones.

Conditions like endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, and polycystic ovarian syndrome can all refer to pain in the lower back due to hormonal imbalances.

Endometriosis, for instance, is an estrogen-dependent disorder that causes tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus to grow outside it. This misplaced tissue can cause intense discomfort, often as chronic lower back pain.

Intermittent Fasting for Hormonal Balance

You might ask yourself how intermittent fasting comes into play here. By controlling what we eat (and not just what we eat), our bodies get a chance at hormone regulation - including estrogen.

Research shows that consuming cruciferous vegetables and avoiding dairy helps balance these levels.

Many chronic pain specialists now recognize diet's pivotal role in managing mental health concerns associated with long-term suffering from conditions such as intervertebral disc problems or nerve root issues - common culprits behind low back pain.

Fibroids, too, contribute significantly towards unresolved lower back agony because they exert pressure on nerves around the lumbar spine region.

They thrive off excess estrogen circulating within our system – but remember those cruciferous veggies I mentioned earlier? Yes indeed.

These natural wonders help detoxify excess estrogens from your body, thus relieving symptoms associated with fibroids.

And don't forget about ovarian cysts. These fluid-filled sacs can sometimes develop on the ovaries and often result in referred pain due to their proximity to the lower back.

Again, keeping a check on your hormone levels through diet is vital.

The Keto Diet for Hormonal Balance

Curious about how food can help balance your hormones? Let's dive into that.

Enlarged Prostate Gland and Low Back Pain

An enlarged prostate gland might seem unrelated to low back pain, but the connection is more direct than you'd think.

The discomfort from an enlarged prostate can manifest in various ways, including nagging lower backache.

The culprit here is your sacroiliac joints - these two little-known joints connect your spine to your pelvis.

When something's off with our health, like an inflamed or enlarged prostate gland, it's not uncommon for the pain signals to get misdirected toward these hard-working joints.

Prostate Health: More Than Meets the Eye

The prostate gland, located just below a man’s bladder, has an important job – it produces fluids that nourish and protect sperm cells.

However, as men age, this small yet significant organ may grow more prominent, leading to uncomfortable symptoms such as urinary problems…and, surprisingly enough – lower back pain.

When we sit down (which most of us do for long hours every day), pressure builds up on our pelvic region, affecting both the prostate and sacroiliac joint.

This pressure buildup could result in referred pain where discomfort caused by one issue (an enlarged prostate) manifests itself elsewhere (sacroiliac joint).

Dietary Changes For Better Prostate Health

If you've been experiencing persistent lower back pain coupled with frequent urination, especially at night - there's a good chance that an inflamed or enlarged prostate might be behind it all.

So what can you do? Well, first things first – let’s look at dietary changes that can help manage this condition better.

  • Avoid dairy: Dairy products, including your prostate, can lead to inflammation in the body. Consider almond milk or nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor instead of regular milk or cheese.

  • Up your intake of cruciferous vegetables, sea kelp, and do intermittent fasting.

  • Try to eat less processed foods and sugars: It's no secret that processed food.

  • You also want to go low carb if you have PCOS. High carbs increase your insulin, which in turn increases your androgens. In other words, do healthy keto.

Repetitive Exercises and Their Impact on Low Back Pain

Activities like golfing or cycling can be excellent for staying fit and active. However, when these activities are performed repetitively without incorporating variation, they can lead to muscle imbalances and the potential for low back pain.

Muscle imbalances can occur when specific muscle groups become overdeveloped compared to others, often due to repetitive use in similar motions.

This imbalance strains the facet joints, which are the small stabilizing joints between and behind adjacent vertebrae in the spine.

Golf enthusiasts frequently encounter this issue as their sport involves numerous twisting movements, primarily engaging one side of the body.

Similarly, cyclists may develop muscle imbalances due to prolonged periods of hunching forward during rides.

These imbalances, including tight psoas on one side, can contribute to low back discomfort and must be addressed for overall spinal health.

The Role of Foam Rolling in Muscle Balance

Foam rolling is an effective tool for alleviating these issues by restoring muscle balance.

Research suggests foam rolling helps relieve muscle tightness, soreness, and inflammation while increasing joint range motion and circulation.

Bikers might notice improved flexibility in their lower backs after regularly using a foam roller post-ride as it helps reduce stiffness caused by spinal stenosis - narrowing within spaces inside your spine leading to pressure on nerves traveling through them, causing discomfort or even severe pain at times.

This technique works wonders for professional athletes and anyone experiencing joint pains or ligament strains owing to repetitive physical activity—gardening or simply carrying groceries up several flights of stairs.

If you're looking towards incorporating this into your routine, remember starting slow with light pressure before gradually increasing intensity will give the best results since our bodies need time to adjust to new physical routines.

Preventing Low Back Pain

One way to avoid backache is by following a balanced exercise program.

Mixing up your workouts can help ensure that all muscle groups get worked equally, reducing the chance of imbalance and strain on your facet joints.

Mix strength training to boost core stability for a solid workout plan. Add flexibility exercises like Pilates, focusing mainly on your lower body - think hips and thighs.


Back pain doesn't have to be your life sentence. Understanding the causes and remedies for unresolved low back pain is the first step towards relief.

You've discovered how kidney stones can trigger discomfort in your lower spine, but more importantly, you now know a proper diet with ample lemon juice can help dissolve these sneaky culprits.

Hormonal imbalances, too, play their part in exacerbating low back pain. You're now armed with knowledge on dietary changes like intermittent fasting that could keep those hormones in check.

We've highlighted how an enlarged prostate gland or repetitive exercises might contribute to that nagging ache - clues often overlooked by many.

Your path to recovery starts here. It's time to take control and ease the burden off your shoulders or your back!

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