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Lower back pain on left side, history of back pain, dull and achy, made worse by movement?

Lower back pain on left side, history of back pain, dull and achy, made worse by movement?

Perhaps you have a-: -relapse. Go to see your physician who treated or evaluated you before. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Hello docs! Can you tell me what could be the cause of my dull achy with sharp, painful spasms back pain?

Muscle spasm: It is difficult to tell without more history or physical exam, but if it is not radiating anywhere, just right in the same spot in your low back, then it is probably a strain or spasm of certain paraspinal muscles or occasionally hip flexors that attach to your lumbar spine. If you have any other symptoms, then it could be other things. Also, ever had kidney stones before, sometimes can feel same. ...Read more

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After taking a long bike ride yesterday, I had dull achy chest pain and back pain and its not going away. What are possible causes?

Muscles: If the pain has been constant then more than likely you are having muscle aches. Poor positioning on the bike can cause this, this is amplified by long rides. Also not being in shape enough to complete the long ride without feeling beat could also be a part.
If the pain has been coming and going away completely, and gets worse with activity then see a doctor today. ...Read more

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Lower left back pain that is random. Doesn't feel muscular. Random dull ache. Comes and goes. Certain positions don't make better/worse. 1 yr+?

Lower left back pain that is random. Doesn't feel muscular. Random dull ache. Comes and goes. Certain positions don't make better/worse. 1 yr+?

Evaluation Needed: After a proper history, physical exam and any necessary imaging (x-ray/mri) is obtained and reviewed a sufficient diagnosis can be made. Treatment may include but is not limited to ice, heat, massage, nsaid's, physical therapy, chiropractic, orthopedist, and pain management. ...Read more

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Have sporadic lower right back pain at belt line. Sometimes it radiates to right front at/or below belt line. Sometimes notice it when I move. Is it common fir pain to radiate to front? Seems to be on belt line or below. Dull ache.

Have sporadic lower right back pain at belt line. Sometimes it radiates to right front at/or below belt line. Sometimes notice it when I move. Is it common fir pain to radiate to front? Seems to be on belt line or below. Dull ache.

If back pain is: Caused by rib pain, the pain can travel along the nerve of the rib to the front. We see this with rib bruises and fractures. Sprains or strains of the connective tissue can also cause radiating pain. Shingles can do this too although the pain may precede the appearance of the rash. Of course, any unexplained pain that persists should be checked out by a doctor. ...Read more

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I have extremely high nitrates in my urine but the culture is negative for infection it's been 8 wks and I have dull achy back pain. Any ideas?

I have extremely high nitrates in my urine but the culture is negative for infection it's been 8 wks and I have dull achy back pain. Any ideas?

Pyelonephritis: Concern is for a kidney infection with back symptoms. Cultures are not absolute. On the day that sample was done bacteria didn't grow out. Would be evaluated and discuss antibiotic treatment now ...Read more

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Why do I get a sharp lower back pain when laying in bed? It then subsides to a dull ache. Same pain when standing for long periods.

Why do I get a sharp lower back pain when laying in bed? It then subsides to a dull ache. Same pain when standing for long periods.

Likely muscular: Sounds like muscle pain. In young patients this can indicate conditions such as transitional vertebra or spondylolysis. Other causes include ovarian cysts, disc herniation etc. Majority of folks with symptoms you describe will get better over time (without any specific treatments). Ibuprofen (motrin/advil etc) 400mg every 8 hours for 5-7 days may help. Have you tried a firm mattress? ...Read more

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What do you advise if I stopped the pop 11days ago and for the passed 4 days have had back pain and a dull ache in my lower abdomen.?

What do you advise if I stopped the pop 11days ago and for the passed 4 days have had back pain and a dull ache in my lower abdomen.?

No taper down?: You mean your doctor did not recommend a tapering down schedule of soda pop? I mean he just asked you to cold turkey the stuff? Geez! What are these kids learning in medical school these days? LOL! Sorry, couldn't resist. Your symptoms have nothing to do with
the fact that you stopped pop. You did something good and now you have some other problem. Totally unrelated. Live long and POPser! ...Read more

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I'm 7wks 5days & I'm getting this dull achy lower pelvic pain for a couple days now accompanied by some back pain, no bleeding. Is this miscarriage?

I'm 7wks 5days & I'm getting this dull achy lower pelvic pain for a couple days now accompanied by some back pain, no bleeding. Is this miscarriage?

Not necessarily: A dull aching lower pelvic pain and lower back pain can be due to the growing uterus, muscle strain, and several other things including a UTI. If you are not bleeding, this would not even be considered a threatened miscarriage. Your PCP or OB can look into what is going on and give you ideas about how to help the discomfort. Hope this helps. Your concern shows what a great mom this baby has. ...Read more

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I have dull achy pain in my left side, back pain (lower) happening 1+ month. Lipase level 70. GI doc said not pancreatis based on Lipase. Any ideas?

I have dull achy pain in my left side, back pain (lower) happening 1+ month. Lipase level 70. GI doc said not pancreatis based on Lipase. Any ideas?

Need more info.: More information would be helpful for us in order to hazard a guess as to your diagnosis. Possibilities in this location include gastritis, ulcer, splenomegaly and muscular or skeletal pains. There are too many options to hazard a guess. Further investigation would be necessary into cause. ...Read more

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Jelly like discharge that's clear with white, lower left back pain with dull ache and migraine. Have a doctors apt 2 weeks from now but would like advice?

Jelly like discharge that's clear with white, lower left back pain with dull ache and migraine. Have a doctors apt 2 weeks from now but would like advice?

Go to an urgent care: Perhaps you can call your doctor's office back and let them know that you have an acute problem that really cannot wait two weeks. Some offices do offer same-day appointments but you have to let them know that there is a problem. I don't think your doctor would want you to remain in pain, with a migraine, and with an unknown discharge for that long without taking a look at you. If not, urgent care. ...Read more

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I have right constant dull ache on right and left side under the ribs, flatulence and back pain, upper and lower what could this be?

I have right constant dull ache on right and left side under the ribs, flatulence and back pain, upper and lower what could this be?

Many possibilities..: Finding out the cause of abdominal pain is like solving a mystery: we collect clues from one's symptoms, history, examination+/- tests. Therefore, a "hands-on" eval is critical. In general, causes of abdominal pain can include irritable bowel, diverticular disease, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, intestinal or gynecologic cancers, urinary tract infections, etc... ...Read more

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What could be causing right flank and back pain that is underneath the ribs? It's mostly a dull ache that sometimes gets sharp. Have a small fever.

What could be causing right flank and back pain that is underneath the ribs? It's mostly a dull ache that sometimes gets sharp. Have a small fever.

I hope not a stone!: Your description is suspicious for a kidney stone. The differential includes cystitis or pyelonephritis. You should see your doctor and get a further evaluation including an urinalysis. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read more

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Lower right side back pain/more like a dull ache than pain. Feels like I need to stretch the muscle. Slight elevated liver enzymes. No other symptoms?

Lower right side back pain/more like a dull ache than pain. Feels like I need to stretch the muscle. Slight elevated liver enzymes. No other symptoms?

The two could be re: The two may be related. This is something to discuss with your physician. The liver is on the right side where you are having your symptoms. This needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Constant dull pain in groin on left side, hip/back pain on and off. What could this be? Sometimes the dull ache goes down my left leg too.

Ovarian cyst?: Many things can cause the symptoms you describe, but a cyst definitely comes to mind with everything you mentioned. They can grow and shrink depending on your hormone levels. ...Read more

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39wks pregnant, 3rd child, dull/achy back pain, random contractions that feel like menstrual cramps. Onset of labor?

39wks pregnant, 3rd child, dull/achy back pain, random contractions that feel like menstrual cramps. Onset of labor?

Labor: Absolutely can be signs of labor. All the symptoms you are listing, either alone or in combination can indicate labor. Start thinking of names. ...Read more

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A/c on. At times couldn't tell if I was hot or cold. Have anxiety. Dull ache above brows, neck/back pain. Hand & feet were definitely cold though. What is this?

A/c on. At times couldn't tell if I was hot or cold. Have anxiety. Dull ache above brows, neck/back pain. Hand & feet were definitely cold though. What is this?

Anxiety symptoms?: Feeling anxious can often be accompanied by tension headache, similar to what you describe. Hands and feet feeling cold can be due to stress/anxiety triggering peripheral vasoconstriction, reducing blood flow to the extremities and making hands/feet feel very cold. Treating the anxiety will reduce the frequency and intensity of these symptoms. Consult a psychologist who uses CBT psychotherapy. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain when I move a certain way, I also get a dull ache in lower stomach region also it radiates to my buttocks and back of thigh??

I have lower back pain when I move a certain way, I also get a dull ache in lower stomach region also it radiates to my buttocks and back of thigh??

Nerve, bone or joint: There can be a lot of considerations You need to discuss with your physician. This may not be serious but it needs evaluation. First a history and physical. Then lab and imaging of back and abdomen After these initial tests then new decisions will be made. ...Read more

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I'm having lower back pain and lower abdominal pain both in the right side. It's my ovulation week. Is this ovulation pain? Dull ache not sharp.

Sounds like it: It could be. There are other things in that area that could account for it. Time will tell if the pain subsides, than likely it was. ...Read more

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Had unprotected sex 2 days prior ovul. 6 days post bad low abdo cramps and low back pain. Frequency to urinate also now just dull ache. Any ideas?

Get tested: Frequency, urgency, pain and burning during urination could indicate UTI. Safest to get tested and bring your partner. Back pain and cramps unrelated. Perform a pregnancy test first and foremost. Good luck. ...Read more

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27, female, w/ frequent lower back pain & dull ache in left chest for 7 months, ecg, x-ray, bloods = normal. Echo = trivial mr. Is this anxiety/stress?

27, female, w/ frequent lower back pain & dull ache in left chest for 7 months, ecg, x-ray, bloods = normal. Echo = trivial mr. Is this anxiety/stress?

Description: Your summary of your back problem does not give full picture. Consider getting 2nd opinion from spine orthopedic or neurosurgeon. Physical therapy, sports sometime can diminish the problem, but should be guided by physician. ...Read more

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Shifting groin pain, dull ache in testicles near the thigh pit, lower back pain, slightly constipated, help me?

Shifting groin pain, dull ache in testicles near the thigh pit, lower back pain, slightly constipated, help me?

Here are some...: Clinically, the described regional ache may suggest its association with the disorders of nerves, muscles, or joints around the lower spine. To verify, follow instructions as described in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. Thereby, you surely gain much insight on how to better handle health-related concerns and work closely with doc so to define most likable underlying cause for Rx & care. ...Read more

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Having dull ache in ovaries that comes and goes lower back pain, headaches fatigue and nausea. Starting right after period ended. What is this?

Having dull ache in ovaries that comes and goes lower back pain, headaches fatigue and nausea. Starting right after period ended. What is this?

Pelvic pain: Pelvic pain is complex as there are several organs in the pelvis. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, bladder, appendix, intestines, colon and rectum can all be the source. Pelvic pain requires and examination to help organize the evaluation. Cyclic pelvic pain could be endometriosis or a variety of other gynecologic causes ...Read more

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8m using IUD. Started feeling dull ache/piercing on pelvic area & lower back pain. Discharge tinged w/blood & symptoms of panic attack. Perforation?

8m using IUD. Started feeling dull ache/piercing on pelvic area & lower back pain. Discharge tinged w/blood & symptoms of panic attack. Perforation?

No...: Presence of IUD can increase the likelihood of bacterial vaginosis (vaginal infection caused by overgrowth of bacteria normally present in vaginal vault). This can cause abnormal vaginal discharge. It is unusual for it to cause pelvic pain and bloody discharge however. Recommend visit with your Gynecologist for an exam. ...Read more

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I am experiencing pain during sex, painful menstrual bleeding, excessive menstrual bleeding, fatigue and back pain. A dull ache in lower stomach?

I am experiencing pain during sex, painful menstrual bleeding, excessive menstrual bleeding, fatigue and back pain. A dull ache in lower stomach?

Time to see GYN MD: All of the symptoms that you have listed are best resolved by a visit to a local GYN MD. I know that there can be a wait with the British National Health insurance plan, but it is time to make an appointment and get in the queue. ...Read more

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Can mid back pain specially under right shoulder blade pain (dull ache) cause chest discomfort? Right lung cancer?

Can mid back pain specially under right shoulder blade pain (dull ache) cause chest discomfort? Right lung cancer?

Back shoulder pain: At 26 years old. Pain in right shoulder area is most likely not related to lung cancer. Absent trauma, it can easily be referred pain from gallbladder disease. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more