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A 18-year-old female asked:

What causes sudden dull lower back pain? it feels like back is going to break in half. happens quite often... i can barely move. comes and goes.

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Many causes: Back pain has many etiologies which depend on high or low are symptoms. Low back pain is more common. Low back pain in your age can be caused by fractures, forms of arthritis, infection, and tutors .Some young adults can also have bulging discs..Most common cause of pain is muscular. However spondylolysis, fractures in posterior elements of vertebrae, is the most common anatomic cause. See md.

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Last updated Dec 10, 2013

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