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Can tight glutes cause lower back pain that feels like nerve pain?

Can tight glutes cause lower back pain that feels like nerve pain?

Not likely: The gluteus muscles don't impact the spinal cord enough to cause discitis symptoms. If you have nerve symptoms you should see your doctor. Could be you have a disc problem from working out too vigorously. On the other hand over extended glutes can cause back pain. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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I had a lumbar laminectomy over a year ago. The nerve pain was resolved but I have a lot of lower back pain still. Is this normal?

I had a lumbar laminectomy over a year ago.  The nerve pain was resolved but I have a lot of lower back pain still.  Is this normal?

Disc disease: Not normal.Should try back rehab/core strengthening.See your specialist if it persists.80 percent of our wt is transmitted down the front of the spine along the discs and this may be weakened. May require stabilization if severe and does not get better with conservative treatment. ...Read more

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Hello, I have type 1 diabtese, clinical depression, small visual hlusnations, diabetic nerve pain, lower back pain. is any of this connected?

Hello, I have type 1 diabtese, clinical depression, small visual hlusnations, diabetic nerve pain, lower back pain. is any of this connected?

Yes: First and foremost it is all occurring in one person (you) at the same time. The diabetic nerve pain is definitely related to your diabetes. Make sure that you are keeping your HgbA1c ...Read more

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I am 32/m. I'm having lower back pain with nerve pain in my left leg. After taking bed rest the back pain has reduced but the nerve pain is till there?

I am 32/m. I'm having lower back pain with nerve pain in my left leg. After taking bed rest the back pain has reduced but the nerve pain is till there?

Probably sciatica: It is probably a sciatica, which is an irritation of a nerve in the back that causes pain to run down the leg. Some cases do respond to rest, others need more aggressive treatment before they get better. I would encourage you to be seen at some point if it does not get better. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What to do for back lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain until you see a doctor?

What to do for back lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain until you see a doctor?

Back pain: Recommend that you do a neutral spine core stability program for a few weeks. If not significantly improved it may be time to have it evaluated. Can see videos of neutral spine exercises on youtube. This includes planks and "birddog". You can use over the counter meds such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve. ...Read more

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Could lower back pain that radiates around hip to 4 1/2 month iguinal laproscopic hernia repair be olioiguinal nerve pain or reoccurrence ?

Doubtful: While it is possible, it doesn't sound like that type of pain. Ilioinguinal nerve is also well away from the space where a laparoscopic inguinal hernia is. It could come in to play however if a tack was placed too deeply at the upper outer edge of the mesh. See your surgeon to find out if its bad enough. Recurrence would be more likely if there is a return of preop symptoms or a reducible bulge. ...Read more

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How common is it to have unresolved nerve pain in feet and legs after lower back pain surgery?

How common is it to have unresolved nerve pain in feet and legs after lower back pain surgery?

Depends: Some nerve injuries take a long time to recover, and some never do. In general, the younger and healthier you are, your chance of complete recovery is better - providing you have not waited too long and your nerve damage has not become permanent. ...Read more

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I have nerve pain in my right foot when bending,doing some activities&when holding an object, plus a lower back pain, Lumbar MRI is normal.sacrum MRI?

I have nerve pain in my right foot when bending,doing some activities&when holding an object, plus a lower back pain, Lumbar MRI is normal.sacrum MRI?

CT Scan: I would suggest a CT scan of the lumbar back. Your symptoms are still suggestive of an L4 radiculopathy. MRI is better at seeing muscles not nerves. Ask the radiologist to suggest the best imaging test. Some CT scans use dye some do not. Your regular doctor can order the CT based on the radiologists input. An Orthopedic spine specialist could offer better diagnostic/imaging next steps as well. ...Read more

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Low back pain 4 two years. Doc says Residual nerve pain. Doc wants me on Effexor (venlafaxine) but I'm scared of sideffects. Is Paxil as effective 4 nerve pain?

Effexor (venlafaxine) or paxil: is a great medication for nerve pain. However, there is no such thing as "best", "better" or "worst" medication, only those that work and don't work, based on the patient's individual circumstances and genetics. ...Read more

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What the cause of tightness in my chest and lower back pain?

What the cause of tightness in my chest and lower back pain?

You look young: And that usually means a strain of muscles and ribs in the chest and spine muscle in the back. The chest could be asthma or unlikely a heart issue. Lung functions and a possible "regular" stress test can also help, but seeing your dr will help sort this out. Physical therapy and yoga will likely help both. ...Read more

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What causes referred pain? How does the doctor differentiate the source of lower back pain when it affects the hips glutes and hamstring?

What causes referred pain? How does the doctor differentiate the source of lower back pain when it affects the hips glutes and hamstring?

Evaluation: your physician will do it at an evaluation and see if there are neurologic reasons, vascular reasons, muscle reasons and other reasons related to your musculoskeletal status. You may need imaging and laboratory studies after the history and physical. ...Read more

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Lower back pain.. also pain above my butt cheeks ( pelvis either side) could tight muscles cause these? If so, which and how to fix?

Yes tight muscles: It is possible that tight muscles can cause low back pain. The best treatment is warm soaks or using a heating pad followed by stretching. Yoga is a good way to prevent this. Massage and physical therapy may also be helpful. ...Read more

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Lower back pain on/off for 10 months. Pain is slightly to the left and radiates down my glutes. Which type of healthcare professional should I see?

Lower back pain on/off for 10 months. Pain is slightly to the left and radiates down my glutes. Which type of healthcare professional should I see?

See below: Most primary care physicians can perform an initial back pain evaluation. A few medical specialties that routinely treat back pain are physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopedics, rheumatology, neurosurgery, and neurology. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with lower back sprain in mid April and I still have lower back pain in June, when will this go away I am doing PT 2x it always feels tight?

Exercise & study: Low back pain may be muscular in origin so keep working on core and pelvic stability program . If continues consider evaluation with studies like X-ray. ...Read more

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Post squats lower back pain. Unable to stand or walk for15 mins. Now okay but tightness in lower back.Happened for the first time,no heavy weights.

Low back pain: The low back pain is likely muscular in origin. Stop the squat exercise until the pain resolves. Use a weight lifting belt and have a trainer evaluate you for proper squat technique. If the pain persists then see a neurosurgeon to ensure that there is not a fracture of the pars interarticularis or a herniated disc in the low back. ...Read more

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Im having lower back pain that hurt to the right lower stomach, the right side feel very sore n tight. on the R side i keep feel like bubbles releasin?

Im having lower back pain that hurt to the right lower stomach, the right side feel very sore n tight. on the R side i keep feel like bubbles releasin?

Gas or kidney stone: If your pain relieves in passing gas then it is likely gas pain. If the pain is constant or comes in waves it could be a kidney stone. The other possibility is ovarian cause of pain. You should be evaluated by your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Im having lower back pain . Abdomen feels tight and airy. Passing gas. Something serious?

Im having lower back pain . Abdomen feels tight and airy. Passing gas. Something serious?

Feeling gassy...: Feeling full of "gas" may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas (beans, fizzy drinks). Sometimes its more complicated--a stomach emptying too slowly, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, delayed intestinal function, partial obstruction from any cause, infection, rectum problems, and pelvic pathology outside the gut. ...Read more

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Abd tightness&soreness after meals (like if done sit ups) bloating&fullness,gas,all symptoms gone by am,back after meal,hpylori neg, lower back pain?

Gastritis : I think this is still caused by inflammation of the stomach and I would suggest it could be caused by irritation not caused by H. Pylori. I would suggest you try improving your diet by cutting out all fries and fatty foods try taking Prilosec or Nexium before for meals once a day and an antacid after meals if the symptoms persist ...Read more

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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


Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more