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I've had severe lower back pain for three days now and I'm using a heating pad, it seems to help, what else can I do?

I've had severe lower back pain for three days now and I'm using a heating pad, it seems to help, what else can I do?

Depends on cause: Most common cause of back pain is from lumbar strain which can be treated conservatively as you are doing. If the pain continues or is severe, you should get an evaluation by a healthcare professional. The treatment ultimately depends on the cause of your back pain. Good luck. ...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


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I get lower back pain with my cramps. I don't have a heating pad, but I have icy hot. Will it help?

I get lower back pain with my cramps. I don't have a heating pad, but I have icy hot. Will it help?

Probably: Yes Ashley, please try it. It may help because it is essentially an attempt to divert the resources of your nervous system so that it sends temperature signals (either heat or cold) rather than pain during cramps. So try it, it may help. ...Read more

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What could cause lower back pain that's worse on the right side and also causes pain towards the hip area? Icy hot and heating pad no help.

What could cause lower back pain that's worse on the right side and also causes pain towards the hip area? Icy hot and heating pad no help.

Back pain: Many possible causes as simple as a back strain or as much complicated ones such as spine patology of the lumbar spine produced by degenerative disc disease, arthitis of the facet joints, bulging disc, spondylolysthesis with or without spondylolysis, olso extra articular spine pathology such as kidney pathology:kidney stones, enlarged kidneys and olso diseases of the vessels such as dilatation of the a. ...Read more

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Mild low back pain felt from fall/ will heating pad help?

Maybe: Heat is good for muscle tightness and spasm. Ice best for soreness and tenderness from inflammation. If it hurts to touch, ice it first, then put the heat on. Each one for only 15-20 min. Both can cause burns if used too long per session. Can repeat process several times/day. If the symptoms don't improve within a week, seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Having lower back pain which goes down till my right knee since a week. Bending forward gives me some relief, pills & heat pads r of no help, pls sugg?

Having lower back pain which goes down till my right knee since a week. Bending forward gives me some relief, pills & heat pads r of no help, pls sugg?

Hmm: You could have sciatica or a pinched nerve. Sometimes an evaluation by your doctor can determine if pain killers, steroids, muscle relaxants will be helpful. If stretching, heat is not helping a face to face exam will be suggested. Good luck ...Read more

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I'm having neck and low back pain what do I do my pain meds are not helping I tried heating pads my pain meds relaxing bed rest

I'm having neck and low back pain what do I do my pain meds are not helping I tried heating pads my pain meds relaxing bed rest

Reevaluation: You may need to be reevaluated to discuss options for treating the cause of your pain rather than "just" taking pain medications, using a heating pad and resting. Based upon the specific diagnosis of the cause of your pain, there may be more powerful treatment options available. ...Read more

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Is heat or cold better for lower back pain?

Is heat or cold better for lower back pain?

Depend: For initial back secondary to musculoligamentous strains/sprains cold packs to be applied to prevent swelling and reduce pain. After 24 to 36 hours apply heat to increase blood flow bringing the body healing squads. For longer lasting pain you are basically trying to control pain and as individuals we responds differently to each modality. So try & she what works best for you. ...Read more

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Lower back pain worse when lying down. Worse when sitting. Located almost in buttocks. Does not radiate. What could it be? Is ice or heat better?

Lower back pain worse when lying down. Worse when sitting. Located almost in buttocks. Does not radiate. What could it be? Is ice or heat better?

Pelvis joint: Female with low back pain & sciatica worse sitting/lying likely has unilateral sacroiliac joint subluxation; whereby lumbar nerves are tugged & impinged where they exit lumbar vertebra foramina. Sacroiliac joint instability is highly associated with sciatica. See comments: ...Read more

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I have lower back pain just pressing on my back brings pain is this sciatica? Heat and cold therapy doesn't always work.

I have lower back pain just pressing on my back brings pain is this sciatica? Heat and cold therapy doesn't always work.

Muscle Spasm: Trigger points are bands of taut muscle areas that hurt when pressed upon and radiate to other areas than just the painful spot that is pressed upon. Most times stretching and massage of that area relieves these spots, however sometime they continue and need to be addressed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Bent down to pick something yesterday. Severe lower back pain since. Cant walk, sit, stand, bend over, sleep. Ice, heat. Nothing helps. HELP!

Bent down to pick something yesterday. Severe lower back pain since. Cant walk, sit, stand, bend over, sleep. Ice, heat. Nothing helps. HELP!

Low Back Sprain: It seems you have sprained your lower back and possibly pulled a muscle while bending down. The usual treatment for that is rest, ice pack locally and may need over the counter or prescription pain killers like Naproxen or Ibuprofen and muscle relaxants.If pain does not get better within 48 hours, then consult your Doctor ...Read more

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Lower back pain over buttocks. Worse when lying down or sitting. What could it be? Is ice or heat better? Don't remember doing anything to cause it

Arthritis/stenosis: This could just be some arthritis of the back. In an acute injury it is technically better to use ice. If no injury, then which ever of ice or heat helps. You could also have some stenosis (just means narrowing) irritating (pinching) a nerve causing the buttock pain. If it doesn't get better on its own after a week or two consider doing some physical therapy to strengthen your core and back. ...Read more

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Lower back pain. Getting worse. Tried stretching, heat, rest. I have RA and is. I didn't do anything but bend down and started back up and boom pain!

Back pain: Back pain with bending and stooping suggests a mechanical component or instability. It is important to obtain an evaluation with a back expert and imaging studies that will define the problem with your back and develop a plan to reduce or eliminate the pain. ...Read more

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I smoked marijuana wax at too high of heat. I have been coughing a lot with severe lower back pain for days. Are the two likely related?

Likely: Smoking weed and lung damage are very likely to be related and you are probably unaware of the damage that is happening to your brain.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have severe lower back pain which caused my torso to twist. Should I use heat or ice? Should I visit a chiropractor? Steroid shot?

I have severe lower back pain which caused my torso to twist. Should I use heat or ice? Should I visit a chiropractor? Steroid shot?

Both: Alternating heat and ice are good. I would recommend a sports medicine physician or rehab medicine you could also see the chiropractor. Steroid shots are generally helpful ...Read more

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Major low back pain. Recurring. Injured this morning when getting out of bed. Advil (ibuprofen) ineffective. Heat pads help. Muscle or nerve? How to treat?

Major low back pain. Recurring. Injured this morning when getting out of bed. Advil (ibuprofen) ineffective. Heat pads help. Muscle or nerve? How to treat?

Have you been seen?: First if you have never been seen for this, it is time to go see the doctor. It is better to apply cold to the area until you understand what is wrong in the back. Muscle vs nerve is addressed with the physical exam. Treatment is based on the working diagnosis after physical exam and maybe xrays. Could your pain stem from kidney, uterus, bladder? ...Read more

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Is heat or ice better for low back pain? Especially if there is a lumbar disk herniated? What are the symptoms of having a lumbar disk herniated?

Is heat or ice better for low back pain? Especially if there is a lumbar disk herniated? What are the symptoms of having a lumbar disk herniated?

Both: Both can help but it may differ from pt to pt sometimes it helps to go back and forth between heat and cold / if you feel one is much more helpful for you then stick with that / use apiece of swim noodle behind the small of your back while sitting as a "lumbar roll" I have found this to help many people including me over the years hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Is using a heating pad on medium high heat for lower back pain during pregnancy considered safe?

Is using a heating pad on medium high heat for lower back pain during pregnancy considered safe?

Yes: Be careful not to burn yourself.
Towel or sheet between pad and skin.
Not on high and limit duration. ...Read more

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Ovulation and severe lower back pain. Is it normal? Excessively ovulating I have to wear a pad during ovulation, why?

Ovulation and severe lower back pain. Is it normal? Excessively ovulating I have to wear a pad during ovulation, why?

Ovulaiton/PMS: Vaginal discharge changes due to a preovulatory estrogen effect. There can be an increased volume of clear, stretchy, slippery mucus. The most common physical manifestations of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are abdominal bloating and an extreme sense of fatigue. Other common symptoms include breast tenderness, headaches, hot flashes, and dizziness. ...Read more

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Can prolonged use of an electric heating pad cause internal damage, particularly to the kidneys? I have been using an electric heating pad for chronic back pain nightly for 2 years+ 2-4hours at 113f-130f. I am concerned about possible internal damage, es

You: You won't hurt your kidneys but you can sure burn the skin on your back! Ouch! I ask my patients with low back pain to use hot water bottles because they naturally cool off and you can't fall asleep and get burned. ...Read more

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Suffering from lower back pain. Avoiding medication so I can donate blood soon. Applied a pad last night, suffered from nausea this morning. Normal?

Suffering from lower back pain. Avoiding medication so I can donate blood soon. Applied a pad last night, suffered from nausea this morning. Normal?

Pad?: Severe pain can cause nausea. Some women get nausea during their period, especially if they have endometriosis (which can also cause back pain). Some pain patches can also cause nausea. Talk to your doctor to obtain a more thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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What can you do at home to help lower back pain?

Let me help: Most low back pain can be treated without surgery. Treatment involves using analgesics, reducing inflammation, restoring proper function and strength to the back, and preventing recurrence of the injury. Most patients with back pain recover without residual functional loss. Patients should contact a doctor if there is not a noticeable reduction in pain and inflammation after 72 hours of self-care. ...Read more

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Will toradol help lower back pain?

Yes: It is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory that is usually given IV or im. But comes as an oral formulation as well. It does help with back pain. It is in the same class as Ibuprofen and naprosyn (naproxen) (aleve). So don't take these medications in addition to your toradol. As always, take your medication as directed. ...Read more

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Would ultra sound help lower back pain?

Back pain an: Ultrasound has been used for back pain, especially during physical therapy sessions. It's an useful adjunct technique for back pain. ...Read more

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What stretching exercises can I do o help lower back pain?

What stretching exercises can I do o help lower back pain?

Core exercises: Non-impact exercises such as stretching, bicycling, elliptical machine, and swimming can be helpful. Avoid impact activities such as running. Strengthening of the core muscles can be very helpful as well. ...Read more

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Will chiropractice help lower back pain problem?

Will chiropractice help lower back pain problem?

It depends: It all depends on the cause of your lower back pain. See your to determine the cause. A do is a type of medical dr who has been trained in treating muscle/skeletal problems & may be able to help. Do's can use different techniques--osteopathic manipulative medicine to help treat low back pain-kind of like a chiropractor but also using gentle techniques like stretching, relaxing muscles, realignment. ...Read more

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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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Heating Pad (Definition)

Heat can ease muscle pain. Be careful not to overheat ...Read more