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My mother is 50 years old and a patient of high bp. Recently she took 2 painkillers for low back pain. Will that affect her heart?

My mother is 50 years old and a patient of high bp. Recently she took 2 painkillers for low back pain. Will that affect her heart?

Possibly: In general, most pain medications do not interfere with medications for high blood pressure. However, anytime you get a new medication, you should check with either your pharmacist or internist to make sure it doesn't interfere with prior medications or medical problems. This is especially important if you are getting medications from different physicians. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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I was told that I have mod. blood in urine but no UTI, what can be an issue? I am having low back pain (pinching) & unusual heart palpitations.

I was told that I have mod. blood in urine but no UTI, what can be an issue? I am having low back pain (pinching)  & unusual heart palpitations.

Micro-hematuria: Microscopic hematuria is fairly common and often from a benign familial tendency. Unfortunately, blood in the urine is also often the only sign one gets from some conditions that need to be discovered, like bladder or kidney cancer or kidney stones. See a urologist for workup. It likely will involve an office cystoscopic exam and upper urinary tract imaging. ...Read more

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Chest press, shoulder pain, back pain, cheek pain and neck pain for over 1 week. Could this be early warning signs of a heart attack?

Chest press, shoulder pain, back pain, cheek pain and neck pain for over 1 week. Could this be early warning signs of a heart attack?

Not likely: The pain seems to be involving different areas of your body, is it mostly left sided? The duration also, 1 week, is not consistent with angina or chest pain due to cardiac disease. A search for alternate causes for the pain is recommended. Please do talk to your doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Overweight with high blood pressure..could right side back pain that is recurrent (couple months) be a sign of impending heart attack? Or just muscle?

Overweight with high blood pressure..could right side back pain that is recurrent (couple months) be a sign of impending heart attack? Or just muscle?

Depends on: exact location, severity, timing, tenderness on palpation or motion, and lots of other things. Cannot determine for certain here, so you should see a doctor to make sure that this is not angina or any other serious condition. ...Read more

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Can severe lower back pain stress the heart?

Potentially: Any severe pain, including severe lower back pain, can result in increased blood pressure, which can place increased stress on the heart. ...Read more

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Really bad lower back pain. Dr said I think was muscular but pain is radiating down hips. Aside from this been getting a lot of heart palpitatiions?

Persevere.ItWillPass: Back pain sucks! Big time.It's a plague of upright hominids and modern life. Stress. Sitting and driving too much. Not enough exercise/stretching. Bad posture, whatever.Yes it's probably muscular & you have age on your side.The palpitations could be from the pain and stress/sleep deprivation and/or any medications you're taking.Have faith you'll get better.It will take time and effort on your part ...Read more

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Can lower back pain only felt when laying down at night be from a heart condition.

Can lower back pain only felt when laying down at night be from a heart condition.

Very unlikely: Cardiac pain may travel to the back, but is usually sensed between the shoulder blades. Pain is usually aggravated by exertion and relieved by rest. Having said that, women tend at times to present with symptoms that are "atypical", meaning that the symptoms may not be classic for heart disease. If symptoms persist, be checked out. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (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