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Doctor ConsultationThings to Consider When Experiencing Back Pain During Sex

If back pain has affected the intimacy that you and your partner previously enjoyed you may want to consider the following:

* Consulting a spine specialist to obtain an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your problem and a recommendation as to treatment alternatives. This information is critical to understanding what has happened to your back and what your treatment options may be. Keep in mind also that untreated pain can lead to additional frustration, anger and depression in your relationship.

* Having a frank discussion with the spine specialist regarding back pain and sex. Your back pain is unique to you. Don’t make the mistake of thinking your partner understands how your pain affects you. For this reason, it is preferable that your partner be present to share their questions and concerns.

* Asking the spine specialist for guidelines regarding positions and movements that will support your back and minimize pain during sex. As you experiment with new things, listen to your body and if you are in pain, stop and consult your doctor.

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