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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Overview)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems with the internal organs.


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What cause back pain?

What cause back pain?

Several options: Back pain is usually related to arthritic changes to the spine. Sometime back pain can be related to infections, cancer, fractures, or even other organs such as the kidney, bladder, etc. If your pain lasts greater than 2 weeks i would see your physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Overview)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems with the internal organs.


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I have a back pain, I do however sit allot behind the computer. Is it because of that or could be other factors?

I have a back pain, I do however sit allot behind the computer. Is it because of that or could be other factors?

Back pain: Frequent sitting can certainly contribute to back pain, either from relative deconditioning or from poor posture or both. You may be able to help yourself with frequent position changes, ergonomic improvements to your workspace, and also with conservative measures such as core strengthening and range of motion. If symptoms persist or worsen, see a physician. ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
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Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
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Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
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Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
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What are treatments for thoracic back pain?

Depends on pain: The treatments for thoracic pain will depend on the nature of pain. If it is degenerative disc disease, it may be treated with physical therapy (range of motion, vibration, massage, heat/cold etc). If it scoliosis, again, physical therapy +/- surgery may be an option. If the pain is referred to the thoracic area, but is caused by a chest or abdominal disorder, those need to be diagnosed & treated. ...Read more

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I have back pain. Do I need diagnostic tests?

No necessarily: Not necessarily. Pain needs to be assessed completely. If it is only a muscular pain caused by strain, then diagnostic tests won't be helpful. Doctors should order diagnostic imaging and testing if progressive or severe neurological deficits are suspected, or when they are thinking of serious underlying conditions on their examination. ...Read more

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Dr. Joshua Batt Dr. Batt
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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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Left armpit pain chest pain back pain headaches?

Merits evaluation.: Your symptoms merit a careful history and physical exam. It's necessary to determine the cause of the pain, check your heart, blood pressure; perhaps take an ekg and chest x-rays. ...Read more

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STOMACH PAIN AND LOWER BACK PAIN?

STOMACH PAIN AND LOWER BACK PAIN?

Monthly?: Many gyne issues, endometriosis, menstrual cramps, ovarian cysts will cause those symptoms (predictably) monthly. Pregnancy can cause that. Constipation can cause that, kidney issues, gallbladder issues. Hard to diagnose the cause of pain without a good history and physical exam. See your md. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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What can cause back pain and what can I do to relieve it?

What can cause back pain and what can I do to relieve it?

Pain: There are many causes of back pain: strain, arthritis, herniated disk, cardiac, kidney stones or infection, sciatica , shingles among many others. Treatment depends on the cause and ranges from conservative to surgery. ...Read more

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Heal pain and lower back pain?

Heal pain and lower back pain?

These can be related: The heel pain and improper support or gait can be contributing to your low back pain. Try changing to more supportive footwear. Also start a light stretching program for legs and feet. If you have any radiation of pain from back to legs, see your doctor sooner than later. A thorough history and physical is necessary to say what exactly is going on, but this could be a good start. Hope it helps! ...Read more

Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Back pain always and spine pain?

Back pain always and spine pain?

Spine Injury: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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I had protected sex with my partner and now have white milky discharge what does it mean with little back pain not sure feels like cramps?

I had protected sex with my partner and now have white milky discharge what does it mean with little back pain not sure feels like cramps?

Unclear-See a MD: Probably worth getting seen and checked out. Could be that you have a Urinary tract infection. Seems hard to believe, but maybe a sexually transmitted disease. Could be just from hormones and progressing through your cycle. If you don't normally get back pain with your cycle, worth seeing a physician to be seen for this further. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Living with Ongoing Pain (Checklist)

Be sure correct diagnosis is made
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Only go to a pain physician trained to treat chronic pain
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Continue to look for more therapies that might be right for you
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Keep moving. Do not let pain sideline you. Pain will only get worse.
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Remeady for lower back pain and neck pain.

Education/exam: Most cases I see are due to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin and rule out more serious causes. Any neurologic issues like numbness in the legs, no muscle weakness, no fever, no urinary pain, fever, genital discharge, acute trauma, insect bites, etc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TO8Il3vdxQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6SXiDCMP3E ...Read more

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Lower back pain with stomach pain radiating down leg?

Lower back pain with stomach pain radiating down leg?

See your PCP: You need a thorough evaluation by your primary care provider and probably some i, aging studies and perhaps a referral to a specialist for a consultation. ...Read more

Dr. Craig Wiener Dr. Wiener
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Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain (Checklist)

office evaluation
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pelvic exam
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ultrasound
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How can I treat back pain?

Many ways: There are so many ways to treat back pain. In my opinion stretching can be the most helpful. Also it is important not to become too inactive as this will just weaken the back muscles and cause more problems. Physical therapy, sometimes medications, sometimes injections are also some of the treatments. Most back pain is rarely serious. For back pain that does not go away on its own, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Will lower back pain cause abdominal pain?

Not common: To have low back pain with abdominal pain. Sure it happens, but when it occurs, it helps diagnose the cause. Usually though, back pain remains in your back, or travels into your leg. And abdominal pain remains in your abdomen. Back pain doesn't cause abdominal pain. The question should be related to the cause of the back pain, because certain causes of back pain also have abdominal pain. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more