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Severe left back pain that comes and goes sometime short of breathe and fever, urine was tested no stones no infection , xray nothing what could it be?

Severe left back pain that comes and goes sometime short of breathe and fever, urine was tested no stones no infection , xray nothing what could it be?

Need more evaluation: The tests to date are negative, which is reassuring. So your doc can tell you several diagnoses that you don't have. However, since your symptoms persist, additional tests may reveal the diagnosis. Ask your doc about a ct scan of your chest and abdomen, and or an egd. Hiatal hernia, diaphragm, ulcer are all possibilities. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What would cause me to wake at night with severe left side back pain? Doesnt happen all the time but, when it does i can't sleep?!

What would cause me to wake at night with severe left side back pain? Doesnt happen all the time but, when it does i can't sleep?!

Possibly renal colic: Though one can't be sure from your description. Flank pain may be caused by a kidney stone. It may be paroxysmal and go away. It is also extremely painful. I would get a cat scan. ...Read more

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I have severe upper left back pain after i fell on my back playing football?

I have severe upper left back pain after i fell on my back playing football?

Before returning to-: -any contact sport you should have this evaluated by your PCP or an orthopedic surgeon to find a cause.if it's just bruised from the fall, it should clear rapidly, but to be on the safe side get in for evaluation. ...Read more

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If i'm suffering severe lower left back pain and had blood work a few days ago, would kidney problems have shown?

If i'm suffering severe lower left back pain and had blood work a few days ago, would kidney problems have shown?

Test for kidneys: It depends on what kind of blood work you had. A renal function test evaluates kidneys, a CBC shows white count which may be elevated during an infection. If you believe you have kidney stone, see a urologist. If you have fever, you could have infection going on. Increased urination, flank pain, blood in urine, burning may all be due to kidney or bladder issues. ...Read more

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My 44 year old mother is having severe lower left back pain. Our family has a list of past cancer.

My 44 year old mother is having severe lower left back pain. Our family has a  list of past cancer.

Don't worry : Most of the back pains are not due to malignancy , are due to musculoskeletal problems. Your mom needs work up to find the cause , need to see her doctor , do not worry about cancer , after the tests doctor will give you good news and relive the pain.. ...Read more

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My husband had severe lower left back pain sweating and freezing followed and complained of his tits hurting. He has had cellulitis n past?

My husband had severe lower left back pain sweating and freezing followed and complained of his tits hurting. He has had cellulitis n past?

Many symptoms: What you are describing seems to involve a lot of different things. There is no rule that says you can only have one disease at a time. Low back and "tits" pain are unusual to be related. The past cellulitis is also probably unrelated unless he has it currently. A viral syndrome can cause a lot of things to have symptoms. Is there fevers, nausea, muscle or joint aches? A doctor will untangle this. ...Read more

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I have severe left, low back pain with spasms, tender to touch, numb skin over this area. No rash but limited ROM upon flex/ext. What can cause this?

Everything or: nothing. Literally everyone gets back pain. If it is localized to the back, then, you're in the 90% where it is the muscles and NOT a disk http://www.nerdpocalypse.net/back%20pain.html ...Read more

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Severe lower left abdominal & back pain. ER did ultrasound & CT. CT showed fluid in the pelvic region, that's it. Discharged yet still in pain. Ideas?

Severe lower left abdominal & back pain. ER did ultrasound & CT. CT showed fluid in the pelvic region, that's it. Discharged yet still in pain. Ideas?

Gynecologist: I recommend that you have an evaluation by a gynecologist in view of the ongoing left sided abdominal discomfort and the ct scan findings which could be due to ovarian,periovarian or uterine causes. Apparently there was no evidence of kidney stones. ...Read more

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How to treat severe upper back pain left side?

How to treat severe upper back pain left side?

Neck and back pain: The back pain can be caused by many issues such as muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... If you pain is severe, you should seek medical care as soon as possible for appropriate evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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I'm left w/severe back pain after several unsuccessful back surgeries.They want to operate again because i'm non-fused at two levels. Would you recommend going though w/it? I'm undecided given previous outcomes.

Back surgery: We can not advice you on line without knowing more information, getting better history of your pain, examination details and reports of your mris and the previous surgical details in other vertebra.But if the other surgeries were unsuccessful and were done for the same reason, i will get a second opinion before going for surgery. ...Read more

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I went to the ER with severe left arm and upper back pain the ER Dr said my D dimer was slightly elevated but CT scan was normal. What an this mean?

I went to the ER with severe left arm and upper back pain the ER Dr said my D dimer was slightly elevated but CT scan was normal. What an this mean?

Follow up needed: D dimer and CT angiogram are used to help diagnose pulmonary embolism ( blood clot in lung). No test is foolproof, so if symptoms persist, follow up with your doctor is essential. Sever left arm and upper back pain are concerning symptoms and may signal heart disease. Best to see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Severe back pain on upper left side in a man?

Severe back pain on upper left side in a man?

Too many causes: Back pain is extremely common and there are too many causes and luckily most of the time it is self limiting. If pain last longer than a week, getting worse, have neurological deficits, have fever or too much to handle seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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