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Back pain is a common ailment and is usually transient (stock image)

Back pain is a common ailment and is usually transient (stock image)

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Back pain is a common ailment and is usually transient (stock image)

I have been getting worse from back pain – sometimes it's so bad, I can only lie on the floor. I went to my doctor who told me to lose weight and exercise more. But I am not overweight. What should I do?

Back pain is a common ailment and is usually transient. But it should never be ignored, especially if it gets worse.

Deteriorated back pain can be a & # 39; red flag & # 39; – a symptom that doctors' issues can associate with a serious underlying disease.

The type of low back pain that everyone gets from time to time should not get worse. And it should certainly not be bad enough that lying on the floor is the only option.

Losing weight is not the answer to worsening back pain, although it can help prevent the condition in the first place.

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At this stage it is a good idea to examine the treatment directly with a physical therapist or osteopath.

In many NHS areas, there is now the option of contacting physical therapists directly without having a referral.

For more information on how to do this, go to nhs.uk and search for & # 39; physiotherapy & # 39; or speak to your doctor.

A physical therapist can tell whether back pain is indeed simple, or whether something more serious is going on. They can also indicate whether an X-ray or MRI scan may be required.

In general, we do not x-ray the spine for back pain, but it can be important to ensure that there is no disease in the bones in the event of severe pain.

While back pain is usually a muscle problem or a problem with bulging discs, it can also be a sign of cancer, a fracture, osteoporosis or an infection.

Back pain can also come from other causes, such as the pancreas, kidneys, and even prostate problems.

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My granddaughter, who is five, has been invited to a chickenpox party. Is it a terrible idea?

Most children catch chickenpox, usually before they are ten. It is almost always a mild illness with fever, and does not require a week or so at school and some medication for itching.

Some children get away with a dozen spots while others are covered from head to toe.

Scars are a concern, especially if there have been many stains and scratching is hard to resist. But the vast majority of children leave unscathed.

Most children catch chickenpox, usually before they are ten. It is almost always a mild illness with fever, and requires a week or so from school and a number of anti-itch medicines (stock image)

Most children catch chickenpox, usually before they are ten. It is almost always a mild illness with fever, and requires a week or so from school and a number of anti-itch medicines (stock image)

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Most children catch chickenpox, usually before they are ten. It is almost always a mild illness with fever, and requires a week or so from school and a number of anti-itch medicines (stock image)

However, I don't think there is a good reason to take a child to a chickenpox party.

I understand that parents want their children to have it when they are young to develop protection, but there is no guarantee that they will catch it at the party. Children are contagious two days before a rash occurs, and in the first few days after the development of the spots.

In healthy children, complications of infection are rare, but possible. They can develop severe secondary skin infections, nerve problems, eye complications or meningitis.

I think it would be very difficult for a parent or caregiver to tackle the emotional consequences of a child with one of those incredibly serious consequences after deliberately exposing to the disease. It is all very unlikely but worth considering.

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Since most children will catch chickenpox in primary school anyway, I would leave it to nature.

Grandparents will no doubt have chickenpox like children, so it is safe if a child has chickenpox. Despite what many people believe, adults cannot take shingles from a child with chickenpox.

Learning about the menopause will be added to the sexual education curriculum in high schools, Secretary General Damian Hinds reported last week. I'm sorry, but there just isn't a need for it.

Yes, the menopause requires more recognition at the workplace and more access to the right treatment. But there are certainly much more urgent problems in schools, such as the need to teach young people about cyber security, their sexual health, consent and good mental health. Menopause is really not a problem for school children.

THIS AD IS NOT FAT-SHAMING – IT TELLS THE TRUTH

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Cancer Research UK has been accused of & # 39; fat shame & # 39; in her latest campaign, hoarding to the point that obesity is a greater cause of cancer than smoking.

Yes, the ads are blunt. But they are facts that have been demonstrated in numerous well-conducted investigations.

I am opposed to weights and any attempt to seduce patients to lose weight – we know these tactics are unsuccessful. But it is important that people know that their health is at risk if they are obese.

My approach would be a bit more subtle. If a patient tells me they smoke, I don't judge. But I can offer support to stop.

Similarly, anyone who wants to lose weight should be able to seek help from their doctor. Being overweight is nothing to be ashamed of.

Do you have a question for Dr Ellie?

Email DrEllie@mailonsunday.co.uk or write to Health, The Mail on Sunday, 2 Derry Street,

London W8 5TT. Dr. Ellie can only answer in a general context and cannot respond to individuals

or give personal answers. If you have a health risk, always consult your own doctor.

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