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Lower back pain. Constant need to crack back, to the point where I will feel uncomfortable in my skin. I try to resist cracking but I often fail.

Lower back pain.  Constant need to crack back, to the point where I will feel uncomfortable in my skin. I try to resist cracking but I often fail.

Facets: When people talk about " popping" their back in a similar manner as when people do it with their knuckles, this usually involves the facet joints; which are small joints that run up and down each side of the back. Similar to cracking your knuckles, the etiology is not well understood, but may be related to a build up of nitrogen in the capsule of the joint. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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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What are symptoms like fatigue, joint pain, lower back pain, hip pain, numbness in feet, tongue pain & cracking indicative of?

What are symptoms like fatigue, joint pain, lower back pain, hip pain, numbness in feet, tongue pain & cracking indicative of?

Many causes: There are many causes to these symptoms and there is not one simple answer. For example, numbness in the feet occurs with vitamin B12 deficiency, arsenic toxicity, POEMS, and diabetes mellitus. Fatigue is also caused by many different things. In your case, you will find it helpful to have some blood tests, such as the test for SPEP, along with some other basic tests, for these symptoms. ...Read more

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Left lower back pain?

Left lower back pain?

Vague: Left low back pain. Radiate into leg? Most painful movement ? Injury ? Illness ? Sudden ? Long time ? Age ? With just the question to go on, what is likely in the left lower back area with no leg radiation ? Could be your left sacroiliac joint or your left l5s1 facet joint or even early shingles. ...Read more

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What cause lower back pain ?

What cause lower back pain ?

Many reasons: Local infection, muscular strain/ sprain, ruptured disc, facet impingement, spondylolisthesis, sacro-iliac dysfnctn, lumbar stenosis, cauda equina syndrome, pyriformis syndrome. See doctor and evaluate all of these possibilities. ...Read more

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Lower back pain how to stop?

Lower back pain how to stop?

Stretch: There are many causes of low back pain. Usually acute back or hip pain will improve over 1-2 weeks with anti-inflammatories, gentle streching, and use of heat/ice. If your pain does not improve or gets worse you should contact your physician. ...Read more

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What causes lower back pain?

Back: Obesity, improper posture while sitting or standing, prolongued sleeping among the most common causes. ...Read more

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How to help lower back pain?

How to help lower back pain?

Conservative first.: Big question. Whole books are written on this subject alonbe. Conservative treatments like pt, exercise, ice/heat, short rest, are all good for mild acute pain. But if pain becomes severe or chronic, then you need to find out what is wrong. Prescription meds, injections in different areas of the spine are viable options. Don't jump into surgery. ...Read more

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Lower back pain, what gives?

Lower back pain, what gives?

Common: Since about 80% of the population will suffer from back pain in their lives, and 95% of those people need no real help nor therapy, your symptoms are common. Rest, anti inflammatory medications, heat or ice on the low back will help. If it persists, see your family dr for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Lower back pain, what to do?

Osteoarthritis: This may be osteoarthritis of lower spine causing pressure on the roots of the nerves that come out between the vertebrae. Anti-inflammatories will help but take with food. See your doctor if no improvement. ...Read more

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Lower back pain on left side?

Lower back pain on left side?

Probably your muscle: Usually lower back pain is due to muscle strain that should improve with gently stretching the back, giving the muscle some rest (but remain active if you can!), and using an over the counter pain reliever / anti-inflammatory. If the pain becomes severe or does not start to improve, or if it's accompanied by other symptoms, you should be evaluated by a doctor. ...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