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What couls be causing pain in my left lumbar region?

What couls be causing pain in my left lumbar region?

Several things: There are nine structures i nthe back that can cause pain: the ligaments, muscles, bones, nerves, joints, joint coverings(capsules), disc, disc covers(annulus) and skin. So, what brings on the pain and where it is(middle of back, one side or the other, etc.) helps sort that out. Early on, in the first six months, it is uncommon to need any x-ray or other image study. The best bet is a good exam, . ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


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What commonly causes sharp burning pain in left lumbar abdominal region to umbilical region?

What commonly causes sharp burning pain in left lumbar abdominal region to umbilical region?

?stones: Kidney stones can cause those symptoms as can a urinary tract infection. It's important to check with your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc on the left side of the lumbar region that is trapping the nerve that goes down my leg what would you suggest as treatment?

Conservative care: I usually suggest conservative care with physical therapy and possible a epidural cortisone for the majority of my patients. Eighty percent of disk herniations heal without surgery. If, on the other hand you have neurological deficit like weakness or severe sensory loss, then i would consider surgery. In that case i favor minimally invasive discectomy the majority of the time. ...Read more

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Could a ruptured disk in the lumbar region cause neck pain?

Could a ruptured disk in the lumbar region cause neck pain?

Yes.: Yes. I am a chronic pain management specialist. I have had many patients who have ruptured lumbar discs who exhibit thoracic and neck pain on examination. You may need a cervical and/or thoracic MRI to determine if you have concomitant thoracic and neck bulging, protruding, or herniated discs. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a pinched nerve can cause pain in the pubic bone area? Like a small sharp pain comes & goes. Also n thighs/pelvic & lumbar region

Yes,it could: A pinch nerve can give you a hole variety of pain patterns however the usual pain patter from a pinch neve in the low back is radiation to the lower extremities with a tingly, sharp pain associated some times with numbness.Pain in the pubis itself usually have a local pathology. ...Read more

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I sprained my lumbar region on my old job about a year ago, now its has happen again. Can be walking sharp pain goes up back. Im overweight and need to control it but scared cause of injury. Have picked up 125pounds. Pain raps area lower back to grions

Hello, : Hello, i recommend that this be medically evaluated to determine if it muscular pain or if there is any pathology to spine. You are correctly, that your weight is hard on your back after you have been thoroughly evaluated and your treatment options have been discussed; you could consider augmenting that with medical acupuncture to help with function and pain. Take care. ...Read more

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