A readers asks: About two weeks ago I noticed some lower back pain when standing up from sitting – why?

QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH STEPHEN PAUL WEST

A young reader asks a questions about backpain from sitting:

About two weeks ago I noticed some lower back pain when standing up from sitting. Yesterday and today it hurts so bad to get up that I clench my teeth when I stand. It's so low that it's about where I'd think my tailbone is. It's not a large area that hurts its right in the middle(also why I think it might be my tailbone). I haven't fallen or been exercising excessively. It's about two inches down from the top of my butt. I am only 18 and relatively healthy.

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Comments on suicide and killing yourself quickly.

I recently answered a question from a reader who said something very concerning:

I am writing a book and looking to find a way to have one of the characters kill themselves, but I am horrible at writing "person in vast amounts of pain" views.

Perhaps the individual was writing a book, but it is also possible they were doing personal research on their own dark thoughts. Self-harm is no trifling matter, and I mixed my reply with the possibility it was just writers research, or the possibility of suicide. My reply:

The fictional story Jurassic Park used dinosaurs as a quick way to die.

But I'm not certain you want that kind of fiction. If I could recommend a great best-seller on helping cure depression, "Depression Symptoms Decoded"

Here's and excerpt from that book:

"Dark thoughts are very common, and most likely universal, so I’m certain I have a fairly large audience as I continue.

“The survey of 3,010 people over [the age of] 15 years old found (2.6%) subjects reported suicidal ideation in the past two weeks. “


The survey shows that nearly 3% of people have harmful thoughts within the last two weeks. This was a survey of a general population, so its 3% of everybody. That’s a lot of people.

The core of all dark thoughts comes from not feeling safe – specifically in not feeling safe from pain. If we can make a safe place from pain, then we are free from violent ideations.

If you remove the fear, pain, and anxiety from our lives; our brain will refocus on lighter thoughts automatically. Too often we try to banish the thoughts without respect to the banishing the pain. This is the proverbial cart before the horse."

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Chronic back pain? Causes? Solutions?

A reader seeks to find an answer to the chronic back pain. The answer is often something called fatigue. Read on to learn more about this debilitating problem:

A readers writes:

"Chronic back pain? Causes? Solutions?

So, I've been suffering from back pain for almost three years, but nothing major. In the past six months, however, it has worsened considerably. I wake up in the middle of the night because of it; when I cough I can feel it in my back; it stops me from enjoying some things.
The problem is that it isn't limited to any specific part of my back. All along my spine from in between my shoulder blades down to my tail bone all along both sides of my spine, it hurts. Recently, it has mostly been in the middle of my back. I went to my family physician and got several blood tests and three x-rays done.
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A reader writes, What’s wrong with me? my head? I’m a 18 year old university student who can’t think anymore…

Recently, a reader asked a question:

What's wrong with me? my head?

I'm currently 18 years old and a university student. Recently I realized that something has been going on in my head that is making me unable to think clearly. This week, the symptoms have been getting worse. I'm an "A" student, however a couple days ago I failed an exam that I should have gotten an "A" on because I just couldn't bring myself to concentrate during my exam. For the past couple of days I've had a slight but constant headache. Just now, I took a piece of gum out of the pack and instead of throwing away the wrapper, I threw away the whole pack of gum without realizing until came back to my room and found my whole pack of gum in the garbage. These small instances of inattentiveness have been happening to me more and more recently, which is odd because I'm usually on top of everything, well organized, and clear minded. I've never taken illegal drugs ever in my life, nor have I not been getting less sleep than usual (6-7 hours). All I know is that I was incredibly stressed the past couple of weeks because I had a lot on my schedule. Could that have anything to do with it? Thanks for your time.
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Positive Review of Top Ten Cures for Sciatica and Back Pain

It is nice to hear from readers. I recently received a very nice compliment from a reader about my Top Ten Cures For Sciatica and Back Pain. The book is currently #26 in sports medicine as I write. Anyway, this note was especially rewarding for me as an author because my work obviously helped the reader.

The email reads in part:

Hi Stephen,
I purchase your Top 10 cures to sciatic kindle edition on Amazon yesterday. I am impressed by the book. You gave comprehensive information about the painful condition. The pictures your presented were helpful. The thing I liked the most is that you are only one of the few authors who highlighted about muscle problems which might trap sciatic nerve. Most people were focused only on the disk herniation aspect ofitalthough