How to Treat Lupus Lower Back Pain
If the lower back pain is connected to lupus nephritis, medical treatment is extremely necessary and needs to be immediately addressed. If the lower back pain is associated with muscle inflammation or myalgia, there are certain measures Lupus Warriors can take to ease some of the discomfort.
When it comes to inflammation, take all the necessary steps to reduce stress and prevent flares. It’s also important to maintain the strength of the lower back as well. The lower back can have surprising effects on the gluteal muscles and leg muscles.
It’s important to exercise the lower back muscles in the event a flare leaves the body debilitated for a number of days. Getting back on the feet, walking, bending over, lifting, etc, can all be difficult on the lower back after it has not moved for an extended period of time.
Massaging the lower back might help with myalgia. Working the muscles with the pressure and mild stretching of massages might release some of the tension and alleviate the dull aching pain. After a thorough massage, it’s always important to drink plenty of water to reap the full benefits.
Reflexology, a form of massage, may also provide some benefit.
If the doctor or medical provider gives the okay to exercise, a more intense form of stretching might help myalgia of the lower back. Stretching the hamstrings and gluteus muscles every day will release the lower back muscle group and possibly manage pain throughout the day. Studies have shown stretching has a significant positive impact on myalgia.
A Final Note
Because of the connection to lupus nephritis, it is always a good idea to bring up symptoms you are experiencing with your lupus treatment team. Aches and pains are common with lupus, but they can be key indicators of disease changes.