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Living with back pain: 'It's a chronic issue'

Dr. Bydon, a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic, said if less-invasive fixes don't work, it's probably time to see a surgeon to discuss the problem.

Posted: Apr 2, 2018 10:28 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Back pain is something a majority of people deal with.

According to Mayo Clinic, about 80-percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. Some surveys say back pain is the number one reason people go see their primary health care provider.

Mark Kellen, of Rochester, said he's been dealing with back pain since high school.

"Some days it's good, some days it's debilitating," Kellen said. "Sometimes you just struggle to get through the day, but yeah it's a chronic issue."

Kellen said sometimes even stress at work causes his back to flare up, but he's learned to deal with it.

Dr. Mohamed Bydon is a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic. He said there can be some easy treatments for people like Kellen.

"Stress, lack of sleep, all of those things contribute to pain," Bydon said, "and part of a healthy lifestyle, healthy eating, healthy activity would be trying to mitigate stress levels and get enough sleep as well."

Bydon said if less-invasive fixes don't work, it's probably time to see a surgeon to discuss the problem.

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