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Backache, taking Tema 20 for BP. Shelcal500 advisable?

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My wife ,a 45 yrold working professional with considerable workload at home and office for about a month now, has been suffering from recurrent bouts of backache. She is on Tema 20 ( single dose) for BP
A lady colleague suggested Shelcal500

Your advice please
Posted Fri, 4 May 2012 in Back Pain
Answered by Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani 18 minutes later

Thanks for posting your query.

In todays era of stress and fast life females often neglect their health. Due to pressure to perform, their nutrition always suffers. Apart from this after the age of 40 years especially in women when they enter into menopause, there is always deficiency of calcium in their body.

Improper working conditions like bad posture, bad sleeping habits, working habits, increased body weight, etc,. add to the problem. And that is the reason why backache has become so common.

First of all, visit your doctor and please confirm that the reason for back ache is not due to any disease, it is either postural or due to nutritional deficiency. After any disease is ruled out one think of supplements.

Irrespective of the cause, please do following.

1.Watch her weight,if over weight ,try to reduce it first.
2.Ask her to take diet XXXXXXX in calcium like,milk and milk products,pulses XXXXXXX leafy vegetables etc.
3.Ask her to do regular exercise which makes the back muscles strong,this is to be done after advise from your doctor.
4.Watch for working style,proper chair with back support,use of step stool while cooking etc.
5.In case your doctor feels need for calcium supplementation then you can give her calcium tablets on regular basis.

I hope this answers your query. I will be available for follow up.


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Follow-up: Backache, taking Tema 20 for BP. Shelcal500 advisable? 4 hours later
Thanks Doctor.

Can you further elaborate what you meant by" after any disease is ruled out"

Is backache symptom of any other problem?
Answered by Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani 9 hours later

Good to hear from you again.

Backache could be a symptom of a disease like

1.Any compression of disc of spinal cord.
2.Any degenerative problem in spinal vertebra.
3.At times gynaec infection can lead to backache.
4.Some kidney conditions like urine infection or stone disease can also lead to backache.

This are some of the commonest condition which in day to day cases can lead to backache.

Please visit your proper examination done and then we think of other causes.

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