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Pain In Back
Difficult to say: Pain in the low back on either side could be due to a variety of things from muscles, joints nerves and problems with your internal organs such as your kidneys. It is worth getting evaluated to make sure it is nothing serious. Try physical therapy and conservative measures. You may benefit from seeing an interventional pain physician. ...Read more
Muscles: The back of the head is a funnel for all the stress in your neck and shoulders to collect and can drive you crazy. Think flesh=muscles/tissue and not bone/ligament/disc/nerves. Start self-care with a wellness program of vits, magnesium glycinate, sleep hygiene, exercise, self/pro massage, acupressure, chiropractor, yoga, heat, epsom tub soaking, and stretching. In my practice, I use acupuncture. ...Read more
Referred pain: When you cough you increase the pressure in your chest and your neck and head. If you have coughed a lot, you can strain muscles in the chest which can be painful. This increased pressure can also disturb nerves in the neck which supply the back and cause referred pain. If persistent see your family doctor for analysis and treatment. ...Read more
Spine nerve irritate: You may have over use these muscles or that there is the spinal nerve root irritation. Do not perform exercises that cause you more pain. Spinal nerve root irritation always causes muscle spasms. If the pain is primarily due to nerve damage, there are symptoms of pins and needles, numbness, burning, shooting and sharp pains. If the pain is due to nerve irritation with predominant muscle spas. ...Read more
Several reasons: There is a chance of a recurrent disc herniation (5%). Another cause can be scar tissue forming (1-2%) or development of back pain post op (10%) as a result of the disc comtinuing to deteriorate in spite of the herniation being treated. If you are a smoker, these risks are higher. Infection post op is a small risk unless you are diabetic, obese, had prior back surgery and/ or smoke. ...Read more
Depends: If you have long standing anxiety, see your pcp and an ssri like zoloft or Celexa may help. If this is pain from recent acute stress or anxiety, some topical anesthetic like bengay with some tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuptofen, and maybe a massage and warm bath may be more beneficial to work out the muscle cramp. But you should see your pcp to discuss further. ...Read more
Thoracic Spine Pain: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more
May not be related: Sounds like you are taking antibiotics to treat a respiratory tract infection. One way your infection and back pain may be related is if the infection traveled to your spine. Or you may have had a back condition such as a disc herniation which can become painful by coughing, as well as by sneezing and forceful laughing. Mention it to your doctor if not getting better. ...Read more
Bp goes up n down it waz 170/98 then droped down to 108/55 n then shot up to 171/101 n havein n havin pain my back on left side kidney area?
Middle right side of pain in back when I get up out the chair, pain when I reach over my head and pain when I bend foward, what could this be?
Arthralgias: It sounds like you have at least general arthralgias and "joint pains." there are numerous causes, so you should see a dr. To get properly DX and treated. ...Read more
Some possibilities: If one has very uncomfortable tummy pain, and is normally in good health, plus is not pregnant, the possibilities include: appendicitis (usually has fever), gall stones, kidney stone (very painful), constipation (crampy), stomach flu, etc... Most people with "moderate pain", meaning more than mild pain, need a doctor's evaluation to be sure it is not appendicitis, which would need surgery. ...Read more
Possible muscle pull: If you have strained your back and that fits the clinical presentation then it is likely. If you stretch a muscle that has been irritated or damage then the pain will increase. If the pain does not resolve then see your dr. As there may be other causes of side pain. ...Read more
I am having light pain in right upper side abdomen. Light pain in back too. What can be the cause?
Depends...: Can definitely be due to a lot of issues - gallstones or simply an upset GI system are common culprits, especially if it corresponds with eating/meals. Recommend discussing with your pcp or GI specialist to determine if diagnostic testing is necessary. ...Read more
Hi hurt my back a few years ago, and the pain is back am guessing its inflammation what can I take?
Try a topical: There are some great topical medications out there. My favorite is super blue stuff, which is available on amazon. I use it on myself for the most severe back pain, and within 5 minutes I'm better. It has emu oil, which penetrates the skin and drives the medication into the muscle--camphor, menthol, and herbs. Try it! It's amazing! ...Read more