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What might be the cause of back pain on the left side?

What might be the cause of back pain on the left side?

Several possiblities: Without a more precised description of location it's impossible to say, but it could be rib dysf., muscle cramps, pleurisy, kidney disease, quadratus lumborum spasm, etc. Etc.A proper history & physical exam, including an osteopathic hands-on exam might be able to determine the exact cause. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Im havibg severe back pain on the left side middle that radiates to the front very uncomfortable?

Im havibg severe back pain on the left side middle that radiates to the front very uncomfortable?

Uncomfortable: The quickest care will happen when you have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. Very likely they can help you but if they cannot they will very quickly refer you to the appropriate specialist. Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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I have back pain on the left side just above my hip inside the back, if i turn my body/sit down/lie down it hurts, its getting worse. What is it?

I have back pain on the left side just above my hip inside the back, if i turn my body/sit down/lie down it hurts, its getting worse. What is it?

Hip or back pain: Back problems can give you hip pain and hip problems can give you back pain. Probably not enough information here to help you know what the cause is. How long has it been present? What makes it worse? Better? Does it go down into your leg? Any fever, chills, weight loss? Any bowel or bladder problems? ...Read more

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Extremely bad lower back pain on the left side. What can I take for this?

Flank pain: Understand, any internal organ that is irritated or inflamed, may send pain to a region of your body that mimics "back" pain. Based on your age, kidney stones, GI problems, spleen, pancreas or even stomach problems could be present. If the above are ruled out by history and exam (muscle spasm present, obvious injury) then rest, ice, anti-inflammatories may help. ...Read more

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29 yr old female sharp lower back pain on the left side comes suddenly and then goes away specially when i stoop down to pick up something?

29 yr old female sharp lower back pain on the left side comes suddenly and then goes away specially when i stoop down to pick up something?

Sciatica: It's possible that you have a disc in your spine that's pinching a nerve, also known as sciatica. It;s also possible that this could be a muscle strain. An examination from a sports medicine doctor, physical medicine and rehab doctor or orthopedist can figure it out and start you out with physical therapy if anti-inflammatory medication, rest and massage have not been helpful. An MRI may be needed. ...Read more

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Sharp upper back pain on the left side when breathing deeply started after cycling It took more than 15 minutes until the pain disappeared...?

Sharp upper back pain on the left side when breathing deeply started after cycling It took more than 15 minutes until the pain disappeared...?

Upper back pain: The pain that you describe is typical of an inflamed rib head as it inserts into the spine. Anti-inflammatory medications, stretching and massage can help. Apply ice at night and moist warm heat in the morning. Chiropractors are helpful with this problem. Injection of the rib head with a cortisone shot is another treatment option. If the pain persists then a thoracic MRI scan is warranted. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

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