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Antibiotics for back pain reality check
So the antibiotics-for-back-pain story has been getting out of hand: way too much hype since an article in a UK paper. And this is just great: a nicely written reality check on the antibiotics for back pain hype, from PubMed. Great stuff. I was going to have to write this, and now I don’t have to. 🙂
Back pain is one of the richest myth mines in all of medicine. An extremely common, often serious, and usually mysterious pain problem = absolutely maximum fertility for bullshit to grow in. There are a great many books about low back pain, and many are garbage, selling snake oil and hype and false hope instead of good information. There are also some fine myth-busting books about low back pain (and mine is one of them, http://SaveYourself.ca/lbp).
Antibiotics may help ease chronic back pain – National Library of Medicine – PubMed Health
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