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A 34-year-old male asked:

i have very bad lower back pain?

6 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
See ortho: You need to see an orthopedic person who specializes on the spine.
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
Distressing ...: Chronic back pain is discouraging. One thinks if you knew exactly what the problem was it could be fixed...but often one can't precisely diagnose the cause. It requires a multifactorial approach: proper evaluation & testing; proper physical activity (rest/walking); physical therapy eval/treatment; medication; ? TENS units; acupuncture; stress management; injections; surgery: Back Specialty Center
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Be seen: Thankfully, the natural history if most episodes of back pain is very favorable. Approximately 80 percent of Americans develop back pain bad enough they will see their doctor, only about 20 percent become chronic. If it does not respond to rest and over the counter meds, I would not hesitate to be seen by an orthopedic surgeon to discuss various treatment options.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Have PrimaryCareDoc?: Low back pain has many possible causes, including some you may not automatically think about including ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, sexually transmitted diseases & food poisoning (sero-negative spondyloarthridities), bone &prostate dz. I believe it is best to set up with a primary care physician who can know your whole history & follow you over time, & guide your care where it needs to go.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
See doctor: Low back pain is very common. Often it is just from musculoskeletal strain, bad posture, not enough stretching or exercise. However it can be caused by more serious problems so it is best to check with your doctor for an exam to make sure it is not serious. If it is not a serious problem, then physical therapy or a chiropractor may be helpful.
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When to see a doc?: Severe back pain that is associated with: weakness in the leg, problems controlling your bowels or bladder, numbness when wiping yourself with toilet paper should be seen immediately by a doctor: http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/living-with-low-back-pain-11/when-to-call-doctor

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A 24-year-old female asked:

I have been having really bad lower back pain that is mainly on the left side i was wondering what it could be?

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A 33-year-old female asked:

I been having lower back pain and it hurts so bad that i can barely straighten up and get up. What could been wrong?

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Dr. Forshing Lui
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Back pain: At your age, it is most likely due to musculoskeletal pain such as sprained back or arthritis, less likely slipped disc.

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