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15/05/2014 17:13 BST | Updated 16/05/2014 11:59 BST

Suffer From Back Pain? These Foods Might Be The Cause

Suffer from back pain? You're not alone.

Roughly half of Britain seems to be contending with back pain and the NHS spends about £1 billion on the condition.

Back pain is the biggest cause of people taking time off work and is the second most common ailment GPs have to attend to.

But did you know that the food you're eating may be the cause of your discomfort?

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According to dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade, certain foods are known to trigger inflammation in the body. When this happens, tissue swells which in turn can press on nerves and cause pain.

So if you ache in the morning or after a long day's work, maybe consider cutting out fast food, as processed meat is a big no no for tender backed folk.

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There's also bad news if you're a fan of pasta, cookies or bread - flour is also thought to be a demon food for back problems.

The video above explains the link between what we eat and the back pain we experience. Although there is evidence that food can increase inflammation, be careful about dismissing your back pain as purely dietary as it could be the sign of something more serious.

Dr Zaki Almallah, consultant urologist at the Birmingham Bladder Clinic and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham explained why back pain can be mistaken for other ailments.

"Sometimes the organs can send pain signals to other parts of the body - notably the back - by a process called 'referred pain'."

Dr Sharon Orrange, writing on Dailystrength.org revealed that lower back in particular can mask kidney and cancer issues.

Talking about kidney stones, she says: "This could be the cause of your back pain if your pain is a 10/10 on the pain scale, constant, crampy, aching and so severe it's making you nauseous and you can't sit still."