Pains in the back may be due to many different causes. When they accompany constipation, piles, disorders of menstruation, or other affections, the primary ailment must be attended to. When the back pains are the chief or sole affection, they are generally due to rheumatism in some form affecting either, the muscle of the back or their sheaths, and generally known by the name of Lumbago.
General Treatment.-Those who are subject to lumbago should wear woollen or silk clothing next the skin, and be very careful about catching cold. A broad band of new flannel worn across the loins is a good preventive. For those who are exposed to the weather, a sheet of brown paper stitched into the waistcoat is as good a protection of the back as any. During the attack, ironing the part with a flat-iron through flannel or brown paper is often an efficient remedy.
Medicines.-(To be given every half-hour until relief is obtained, and then less often.)
From dry cold or a draught; pain sharp or as if sprained; excited by touch; the part sensitive.
Actea r. 3.-
If with the pains there is restlessness and sleeplessness.
Ant. t 6.-
Pain as from weariness. particularly when sitting; or in the small of the back as after carrying a load. Sensation of weight. One of the most useful remedies in Lumbago.
If caused by sprain or external injury.
Severe pains compelling the patient to walk stooping; aggravated by the least motion.
Nux. vom. 3.-
The part feels bruised, or as after fatigue, turning in bed aggravates; when accompanied by constipation and irritable temper.
Pains like those of Nux v., but aggravated by rest.
Similar pains to those of Nux v. in persons of mild disposition.
When the pains are much worse at night.