Relationship between low back pain and life-stressing events among Nigerian patients

J Trop Med Hyg. 1985 Feb;88(1):17-20.


A total of 142 patients suffering from back pain were tested with four instrument questionnaires to determine relationships between pain, life-stressing events, anxiety, depression and hostility. Life-stressing events were found to be correlated with pain factors with sensory attributes, with emphasis on pressure and heat. Anxiety was also correlated with life-stressing events. Pain intensity was not correlated to life-stressing events.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety
  • Back Pain / psychology*
  • Depression
  • Female
  • Hostility
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychological Tests
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires