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Is there any reason why right flank pain would be much worse when sleeping or lying down? No GI or ut symptoms. Is it more likely muscle-skeletal?

Is there any reason why right flank pain would be much worse when sleeping or lying down? No GI or ut symptoms. Is it more likely muscle-skeletal?

Discuss with your MD: Your difficulties can not really be helped without more information, your doctor will start with a good interview and examination, than maybe some testing of lab work and/or imaging. Urinary issues can present like this without typical urinary complaints. There are too many possibilities to cover in this forum. Best wishes. ...Read more

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It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Extremely sore everytime I twist my body ot move my torso to the left side, by my hip, but more around my back, and side area. Flank pain? Muscle?

Extremely sore everytime I twist my body ot move my torso to the left side, by my hip, but more around my back, and side area. Flank pain? Muscle?

Muscle or nerve: When you are out of alignment, your twisting can cause pressure on a nerve or muscle. In your case I would look for a chiropracter or mechanotherapist to re-align your body and they will give you proper exercises to keep you in alignment. ...Read more

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Felt right flank pain only during running and breathing and disappeared immediately when stopped. No pain during urinating. Kidney or muscle problem?

Felt right flank pain only during running and breathing and disappeared immediately when stopped. No pain during urinating. Kidney or muscle problem?

Muscle pain: Exercise induced pain that is relieved upon completion of exercise is usually musculoskeletal and not renal. This may simply be diaphragmatic pain from the excessive ventilation of running ...Read more

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Gfr level 58. Fatigue, muscle pain, headache, flank pain. Is this really serious or can my GFR go back up? Also, ankle swelling. I don't have a pcp yet.

Gfr level 58. Fatigue, muscle pain, headache, flank pain. Is this really serious or can my GFR go back up? Also, ankle swelling. I don't have a pcp yet.

Unreliable: I'd be concerned about a kidney infection. These estimated gfr's derived from spot creatinines are subscientific -- there's even an adjustment "because people of african descent are more muscular" -- and I'd both you and your physician to focus on how you look and feel rather than on numbers that are at best intended as guides. ...Read more

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I have pain in my lower back on the side...feels like a pulled muscle. Could it be an enlarged spleen?

Possible: If your pain is on the left side, it could be your spleen, but is more likely a pulled muscle or kidney problem. You need to see a doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Could this be a pulled muscle or my kidneys my lower back has a tight like feeling no sharp pain or anything.I was doing something then It started?

Most likely it is an: Acute muscle strain (pull). If you have trouble with urination (pain on urination, increased frequency, radiating pain from back to bladder, frank blood or pink urine, fever/chills, etc.) then you may have kidney stones. Or you could have referred pain from gallbladder stones if it is right side of back and you have indigestion, increased gas, colicky pain after you eat. ...Read more

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I hurt my back at work felt a pull no pain for about a min then I had severe spasms I have a very sore area when touched in lower back pulled muscle?

I hurt my back at work felt a pull no pain for about a min then I had severe spasms I have a very sore area when touched in lower back pulled muscle?

Most low back pain: Most low back pain is muscular. The Best treatment is relative rest, antiinflammatory medications, and ice for now. It should improve with time (usually days and weeks, not months); if not, seek evaluation. ...Read more

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I ran 4 miles earlier in the week and now my lower back has been hurting could it be a strain or a pulled muscle?

I ran 4 miles earlier in the week and now my lower back has been hurting could it be a strain or a pulled muscle?

Actually, it is!: The low back is stressed with almost all activities. The muscles help keep us erect with standing, running, sports, sitting...essentially everything. This can be associated with tight hamstrings or vigorous exercise greater than is typical for the individual. Treatment is ice, heat, hamstring stretches, hydrate and massage. Take meds only if necessary. Remember to warm up and stretch afterwards. ...Read more

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I woke up this past Sat a.m. with what I thought was a pulled muscle on the left side of my mid back;now has radiated to upper abdomen.

I woke up this past Sat a.m. with what I thought was a pulled muscle on the left side of my mid back;now has radiated to upper abdomen.

This sounds like-: -it follows a thoracic nerve root. If extremely painful & you have not had a shingles's vaccination, this could be the cause. Intercostal nerves are higher in the back, & follow the ribs, so it would be in a lower location in the abdomen. If a painful rash follows, its shingles. ...Read more

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Recently lifted something that was too heavy. Now have sharp pain in lower left abdomen. Doc said it was pulled muscle but its getting worse.?

Recently lifted something that was too heavy. Now have sharp pain in lower left abdomen. Doc said it was pulled muscle but its getting worse.?

Possible hernia: Your doctor is probably right--a "pulled muscle" may take days to heal, or may worsen if you repeat the behavior that caused the injury. Try a heating pad for this. However, hernias do occur, & may not be readily apparent on physical exam since there are so many layers of abdominal wall. A ct scan of the abdomen may be helpful here for your reassurance. ...Read more

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How can I heal a pulled muscle in my lower back without rest / heat?

How can I heal a pulled muscle in my lower back without rest / heat?

Modify activity: Muscle strain or "pulls" occur when the muscle fibers are stretched and tear. These will eventually heal with time and the less trauma you can do to these muscles, the more likely they will heal. In the acute setting, ice and rest is beneficial and as the pain subsides you can use heat. There is no secret recipe other than time and protecting your back from additional stress. ...Read more

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What helps recover with a lower back injury? Does a back brace help? I think I have a pulled muscle.

What helps recover with a lower back injury? Does a back brace help? I think I have a pulled muscle.

No braces: Rest nsaids activity modification ; time. Most first time back strains respond 2 this. If u keep getting worse and/or develop numbness or weakness get in 2 c ur orthopedic surgeon. Braces tend 2 weaken ur back muscles, which prolongs the same problem. ...Read more

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Hurt lower back during lifting. Xray show no spine damage. Burn when sitting, bent over and post excercise. Possible pc muscle loss. Pulled muscle?

Muscle strain: It sounds like the pain in your back is worse with movement. It points to a strain in the muscles that support the spine; may have occurred during lifting. Muscle strains / sprains do not show up on X-ray; X-rays are best to check for the position & shape of bones. Rehab therapy is generally best in these situations, to strengthen the back muscles without adding more strain. Heating pads can help. ...Read more

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The Best thing for a pulled muscle in the lower back? And how long should the pain last?

Moist heat, Motrin: Apply moist heat on it several time a day and use motrin, it depend on how severe it is it take from 2 -10 days. ...Read more

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Are lower back pains common after implantation? Lower back, kind of to the side on the right. It almost feels like a pulled muscle.

Are lower back pains common after implantation? Lower back, kind of to the side on the right. It almost feels like a pulled muscle.

Probably wouldn't: Implantation occurs between 6-7 days after fertilization. But there are absolutely no symptoms that are reliably or consistently felt following implantation. 'Implantation bleeding' is all the rage on the internet now, but it's highly variable and not reliable as an indicator. ...Read more

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Lower back muscle ache from being in the gym. Can't seem to shake this pulled muscle. Going on 6 weeks. What's your recommendation for a fix?

Lower back muscle ache from being in the gym. Can't seem to shake this pulled muscle. Going on 6 weeks. What's your recommendation for a fix?

See your provider: See your provider as you may need some prescription antiinflammatories and some muscle relaxants. In addition, you may need physical therapy to strengthen your back. If possible you should stay active as bed rest can make things worse. No heavy lifting or twisting however. If you have numbness and tingling into your lower extremities you may have a herniated disc. ...Read more

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I am having lower left abdomen pain. It's a sharp pain like a pulled muscle. It hurts when I cough, walk, and twist (more when I twist to the left).

Abdominal pain: The sharp nature of your pain and the fact that is worse with movement does sound like a pulled muscle. If you're having persistent symptoms however I would recommend that you see your doctor for a complete history and physical examination. ...Read more

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In panic hip and thigh kinda tingking n numb dr said pulled muscle in lower back afraid this will cause me ho paralyzed or won't go away is it serious

Go to ER: The fact that u r panic-stricken would suggest that u shd visit an emergency room so that u can be thoroughly examined and get some tests, if necessary. Without examination, it would be impossible to advise. Once a serious illness is ruled out u shd see ur doctor to overcome ur anxiety disorder with medications and psychotherapy if required. ...Read more

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Can neck strain during exercise cause lhermitte's sign (sit ups, push-ups, stair climbing). Began w/pulled muscle in lower back&spread to neck.

Really shouldn't: Understand that lhermitte's sign is a shock-like sensation that radiates to arms and legs during a flexion or forced flexion maneuver of the neck. Classically, this was used to identify ms. It is presently used to commonly identify symptomatic spinal cord compression. So, if you are not having the arm/leg symptoms, this is not lhermitte's sign. If yes, you should consider evaluation by spine md. ...Read more

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Strained lower back muscle in left side pain is intense so what is the best regime for it been out of work for 4 days with this?

Depends call Dr.: I see you are on a muscle relaxer and pain killer. Are you also on a NSAID. An anti inflammatory? You may want to try a topical patch like Flector patch (diclofenac) and or Lidoderm patch they require prescriptions. Physical therapy can be very helpful. Modalities like ice and heat, tissue massage, Tens machine and hands on treatment regiments from the PT can help. Keep moving unless directed not to. ...Read more

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Physio told me I had muscle strain in lower back still have pain two months on?

Back pain: Pain for longer than 6-8 wks despite appropriate conservative treatment including pt should be further evaluated with xray & possible mri. ...Read more

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I was told I had muscle strain in lower back about a month ago it hurts sometimes on and off but mainly when I'm standing too long or sat in softchair

I was told I had muscle strain in lower back about a month ago it hurts sometimes on and off but mainly when I'm standing too long or sat in softchair

Family practice : You have a strained back or a pulled muscle. You get spasms they come on when its further strained. It's a protective mechanism to prevent further injury. Ice/heat intermittently, muscle relaxants, and antiinflamatories may be helpful. Physical therapy if it persists. X-ray or MRI if you have pain down your legs suggestive of a bulging disc. ...Read more

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Muscle Strain (Definition)

Muscle strain, also called a pulled muscle, is a condition where a muscle or its tendon is overstretched and torn leading to pain, decreased range ...Read more


Side Pain (Definition)

Side pain = pain / discomfort of the torso ...Read more