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My husband has severe lower back pain and he's not sure what it could be?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
MANY causes: The most common cause of lower back pain can due to muscle strain and should heal within 1-2 weeks. However, chronic lower back pain can be caused by arthritis, spondylitis, acute fracture (pathologic), bowel inflammation (ibd), prostatitis and other causes. The best course of action is to get seen by primary care doctor to get the proper diagnosis. Hope he is better soon!
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 29 years experience
If you are seen by your primary doctor and the back pain continues for more than 2 weeks, ask to be referred to a specialist.
Sep 5, 2012
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Several possible: Several possibilities from referred pain due to kidney infection or stone, gallbladder, ulcer, pancreatitis or vascular like an aneurysm v back causes that could be tumor or infection v a disc problem or even a fracture or sprain/strain depending if injury & type of injury. Look for any fever, chills or sweats, blood in urine or stool and any abdominal symptoms. If pain severe, should be seen.

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What can I do if my husband has lower back pain, what should I do?

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Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 35 years experience
Depends: Really need more information to answer this best. If this is new and severe, then he should be evaluated to be certain nothing serious. If chronic or milder, then a good evaluation for consideration of physical therapy or other conservative treatments is best. If he has not problems taking, simple analgesics like advil/aleve might be an option to get him to that appointment.
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What should I do to help relieve some of my severe lower back pain?

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Dr. Alvin Stein
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Prolotherapy: This could be ligament sprain and lumbar instability and it causes the sever low back pain. A prolotherapist could help you. Find one near you at www.Getprolo.Com or www.Aaomed.Org. Or www.Proloshot.Com.
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Severe lower back pain. Could this be from a previous epidural?

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Dr. Peter Glusker
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Epidurals: There are potential complications from epidural injections. My suggestion is to see a neurologist to evaluate the source of the pain and the function of the nerve roots before deciding on what caused it, and how to treat it.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

I always have severe lower back pain when I am on my periods, why is that?

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Dr. Geoffrey Tyson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Could be endometrios: The most likely cause sounds like it might be endometriosis which can cause back pain but you should get in to see your gynecologist and discuss it with them.
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A 48-year-old female asked:

Why did I have sudden severe lower back pain and gass ?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Pelvic problem: Back pain rarely causes pelvic pain but pelvic problems often cause back pain. Sudden distension of the colon can cause pain in both areas. Symptoms could be simply due to constipation or dietary issues or even colitis. Many problems can occur with the same symptoms such as urinary tract infections, ovarian cysts, etc. See your family practitioner or gynecologist.

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