Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
Sugar is an empty source of calories. It does not contain vitamins, minerals, protein, or even fiber. Most processed food and soft drinks contain high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup, which is a form of sugar that adds many calories.
You can limit your intake of sugar by knowing what to look for and choosing healthier options instead.
Salt is an important mineral that your body needs to function properly. However, too much salt can cause health problems (for example, high blood pressure or heart failure) and worsen other conditions. Most people in the U.S. eat about twice the recommended daily limit of sodium, the component of salt that affects blood pressure.
Eating less than 1,500 mg of sodium (about 1/2 teaspoon of salt) per day may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and its complications.
Small amounts of alcohol may prevent cholesterol from collecting in the arteries. Alcohol may reduce the risk of heart disease in some people. Men over age 40 and women over age 50 who do not have a history of alcohol problems may benefit from 1 alcoholic drink a few times a week.
However, if you do not drink now, there is no reason to start. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Moderate drinking means:
One drink is 12 oz. of regular beer, 5 oz. of wine, or 1-1/2 oz. of 80-proof distilled spirits.
Remember that alcoholic beverages have calories and are low in nutritional value. Any alcohol use is harmful for adults who have:
If you are taking any medications, talk with us or your pharmacist before drinking alcohol.
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.