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can back pain spread to other areas of the body?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes and no: Back pain does not necessarily "spread" to other areas, but certain causes of back pain (specifically nerve induced pain) can radiate from the back to other areas following a specific nerve pattern. This is known as radicular pain. Best example is a "pinched nerve" in the back causing back pain and radiating leg pain, also known commonly as "sciatica." see your doctor if having back pain.
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller answered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Yes and no: Back pain can also *come from* other parts of your body. This is called "referred pain." for example, a gall stone can cause pain near your right shoulder blade, gerd can cause pain between your shoulder blades and a kidney infection can cause low back pain.

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A 32-year-old male asked:

Hello sir I am facing severe sharp back pain from last 5 months body bent towards left. Sometime i can't even bend an inch forward. 5th time in 5yrs?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Severe Spasms: Could have a disc protrusion as underlying cause, but treatment if it gets better is the same. Take a full dose of Ibuprofen like 4 , 3 times a day with food for abot 2 weeks, walk as much as possible, use moist heat 3times a day, sleep with knees bent and a roll under the knees and between the knees. If not better in 2 weeks seek care and try pt.

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