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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


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Got sudden lower back pain (more on left side). Hurts more in bending and trying to sit without back support.

Got sudden lower back pain (more on left side). Hurts more in bending and trying to sit without back support.

First thought muscl: This could be a muscle pull. It sounds more mechanical rather than internal. You can discuss this with your physician. If the back hurts you might try ice or cold packs for the first 36 hours and then heat after that. ...Read more

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I'm 24 and have been have a lot of lower back pain mostly on the left side even hurts to bend over i was wondering what could be going on?

Diagnosis: Most cases I see are due to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin and rule out more serious causes. Any neurologic issues like numbness in the legs, no muscle weakness, no fever, no urinary pain, fever, genital discharge, acute trauma, insect bites, etc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TO8Il3vdxQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6SXiDCMP3E ...Read more

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Are they any stretches I could to help relief lower back pain? It's just on the left side and it hurts worse when I am sitting down or standing.

Are they any stretches I could to help relief lower back pain? It's just on the left side and it hurts worse when I am sitting down or standing.

Cause of back pain?: Have you had the back pain evaluated by a physician to find out the cause? I think that is important to do before seeking out advice on stretching exercises by a network such as this where we don't really have the ability to examine you first. Stretches could help your condition or depending they could worsen things. Your doctor should be able to direct you to a PT specialist as well. ...Read more

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Why does my lower left side of my stomach and lower back hurts?

Why does my lower left side of my stomach and lower back hurts?

See your doctor.: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Lower back pain left side woman who carries heavy toddler around on same side hurts worse when first lay down?

Lower back pain left side woman who carries heavy toddler around on same side hurts worse when first lay down?

Many: This type of pain could be from lumbar strain, sacro-iliac joint dysfunction, arthritic pain or many other possibilities. There may be a simple treatment for you so see your health professional to get a physical exam and evaluation. I hope you feel better. Try carrying your toddler on opposite side if possible. ...Read more

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Severe lower back pain. Goes from left side of back, down to left buttock. Hurts to sit, when lying down can't get back up. ?

Severe lower back pain. Goes from left side of back, down to left buttock. Hurts to sit, when lying down can't get back up. ?

Disk problem: Low back pain radiating to the buttock suggests an intervertebral disc bulging or ruptured causing pressure on a nerve root. Most of these improve in a matter of weeks but an MRI of the low back would give more information. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of or manage chronic lower back pain, and its more so on my left side. The left side hurts more then the right.?

How do I get rid of or manage chronic lower back pain, and its more so on my left side. The left side hurts more then the right.?

Activity, OTC meds: Chronic back pain is a very common complaint. Most is due to muscle strain or sometimes minor disc problems. As a start, otc meds like Ibuprofen and usual activities are best. Physical therapy, massage, short courses of muscle relaxants are helpful in some cases. There is little value to any imaging early on in most back pain. Narcotics are essentially never indicated. Discuss with your pcp. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have whiplash?I was driving 1 week ago and my car hit a cement block.Now the left side of my neck and lower back hurts.

Is it possible that I have whiplash?I was driving 1 week ago and my car hit a cement block.Now the left side of my neck and lower back hurts.

Yes but most get : Better. Time is the biggest healer. The type of injury mechanism you described would be consistent with a soft tissue injury or whiplash. If you do not improve over several weeks or if pain worsens, see a doctor to rule out other possible diagnoses such as a disc herniation. ...Read more

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Husbands left side of lower back hurts when he walks, when laying down flexing right leg sends a sharp pain. Some swelling, herniated disk?

Husbands left side of lower back hurts when he walks, when laying down flexing right leg sends a sharp pain. Some swelling, herniated disk?

Cross SLR : This could be a sign of a lumbar spine intervertebral disc herniation or something else. See your doctor for further evaluation and examination. The history and exam may be able to diagnose a disc herniation. An MRI is often needed to confirm the diagnosis and to help guide treatment options. ...Read more

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Left side lower back pain towards my butt that radiates up to the middle of my back and to my groin. Small bulge above hip that doesn't hurt or hard.

Common: Pelvic area pain can radiate up or down, and commonly to the groin. Bulging above the hip is classic for a twist in the pelvis. See a chiropractic doctor or a osteopathic physician for treatment you will do well. Ask about xrays if scoliosis is seen. ...Read more

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Pain in inner thigh area started early today but now have painin hip and lower back, hurts when bend leg and a throbbing pain all left side what is it?

Pain in inner thigh area started early today but now have painin hip and lower back, hurts when bend leg and a throbbing pain all left side what is it?

Lt Thigh, Hip & Back: Hello. What activity were you doing when pain hit ? Where does it hurt when you bend your left leg? Do you mean bringing your thigh to chest hurts? Does pain go past your left knee or stays in your thigh? Is it worse with sit, stand, or walk? Can you lay on your left side? Need little more info. If you have no GI issues, consider topical or oral OTC NSAID to reduce inflammatory throbbing pain. ...Read more

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Lower back pain just above left buttock and hurts to arch back and then hurts around the side to the low left front abdomen area. What could this be?

Lower back pain just above left buttock and hurts to arch back and then hurts around the side to the low left front abdomen area. What could this be?

Difficult to tell: Without physical exam, but it sounds like it could be facet arthopathy/arthritis. This can often be felt in the back on one side often with radiation around to the side of the flank or feel like a sharp stabbing pain from the back forward. You also have had a c-section, which could lead to different fascial strains or muscular issues that could produce this. I would recommend a good physical exam. ...Read more

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