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How do I know if my lower back pain is serious?

How do I know if my lower back pain is serious?

Difficult question: Young healthy patients with low back pain typically do not have a serious problem. Patients with any symptom such as fever, rapid weight loss, numbness, weakness, and/or loss of bowel/bladder function should contact a doctor right away. Low back pain that persists for weeks is also concerning. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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 have severe pain in my lower back pain on my left side i can't sleep on my back or move left and right what should I do?

I have severe pain in my lower back pain on my left side i can't sleep on my back or move left and right what should I do?

ANSWER: See your dr & get checked out. This could be many different things, but after evaluating it either your dr will be able to help or will refer you to someone who can. ...Read more

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I do gym but dont know i have severe sharp pain in left side of my lower back.Pain increases while sitting but not in walking and laying.

Treat muscle sprain: It seems like you have sprained muscle in your left lower back. Apply heat there. Some people report better results with ice than heat. You can use both or either one. Use anti inflammatory drugs like Advil or Aleve (naproxen). Also rest is very important, Avoid bending and lifting. Also avoid exercises that cause pain in that area. If not better in couple of weeks,then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is my lower back pain i experience, due to severe dysplasia CIN 3?

Dysplasia is not : Cancer yet, so it would not spread to other body parts. Your doctor will need to look for other causes of low back pain. ...Read more

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I had a hip pain and back pain down to my thighs. My lower back pain been on and off is it's serious ?

See physician: Should see physician, orthopod, neurosurgeon, internist etc. to determine etiology of pain. Could be related to spinal narrowing, disc herniation, nerve root irritation etc. Usually diagnosis of etiology made with imaging such as MR to determine what therapy is necessary. ...Read more

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What to do if severe lower back pain?

Get it looked at: Severe, truly severe, back pain needs to be evaluated by a physician. Likely a musculoskeletal condition, but other more dangerous conditions need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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What can cause severe lower back pain?

Back pain: Back pain is usually caused by a problem with the disc that serves as the cushion between vertebra. The discs can herniate where a piece from the center comes out or the disc can tear (annular tear) which commonly causes severe back pain. There are other less common causes such as trauma/fracture, infection, facet(spine joints) arthritis, cancer, etc. ...Read more

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What can I do for severe lower back pain?

What can I do for severe lower back pain?

Spineuniverse.com: Look up the above address and find flexion exercises for the low back. Do these gently. Williams flexion exercises help people greatly with low back pain. See your family md for evaluation and assistance if it can't be better with conservative treatment. Try nsaids, rest, and ice or heat. ...Read more

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What to do if severe lower back pain! :(?

Depends: If this is new, especially if it's related to a fall or trauma, then you need to be seen by your doctor or the er right away. If this is a chronic problem, then the most effective therapies are intense exercise daily, core strengthening, hamstring flexibility, and a healthy anti-inflammatory diet. Occasionally a change in footwear or your mattress can help too. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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