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A 34-year-old male asked:

I have very bad lower back pain?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 46 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
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 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.
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 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.
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Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 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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A 45-year-old member asked:

How do you relieve your lower back pain?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
See below: Back pain is usually self limiting. Heat, nsaids and rest are usually all it takes. Try a massage. If all that fails your pcp can prescribe a muscle relaxer for you.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What medication is there for lower back pain?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See below: There are several types ranging from Ibuprofen and siminal drugs to muscle relaxants, to opiates (these should be used as a last resort).
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What to do for lower back pain problems?

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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 28 years experience
Low back pain: Work on strengthening your core muscles (low back and abdomen) through a low impact routine. Stretching is very important and can include traction, knees to chest, pelvic tilts, etc. A medicine ball is a good tool. These exercises can be guided by a therapist or chiropractor with other modalities as well. More aggressive options include cortisone injections.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

What should I do to eliminate lower back pain?

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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 28 years experience
Low back pain: Work on strengthening your core muscles (low back and abdomen) through a low impact routine. Stretching is very important and can include traction, knees to chest, pelvic tilts, etc. A medicine ball is a good tool. These exercises can be guided by a therapist or chiropractor with other modalities as well. More aggressive options include cortisone injections. See your doctor for advice.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What can I do to prevent lower back pain?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Be lucky, very lucky: 80% of all people will have significant back pain during their lifetime. So prevention is a bit of a loaded term. However, core strength and good ergonomics go a long way at minimizing back pain complaints. Do not smoke. That is about the only significant influence that can be modified. Avoid reaching and lifting/bending away from the body especially heavy weight. The rest is truly chance.
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