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Sudden Back Pain
Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... It's difficult to discuss your pain with limited information. If your pain is persistent, you should seek medical care. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Many things: Sudden back pain can be caused by many different things, depending on the location of your pain, any associated symptoms, and the severity. Herniated intervertebral discs, muscle spasm, or kidney stones are some possibilities. You should be evaluated by a physician for sudden severe back pain. ...Read more
Nerve impingement: can be caused by nerve being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm, back pain and burning pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When i bend over while standing up, I have sudden/sharp back pain in my spine between the lower end of my shoulder blades. Possibilities?
A couple of thoughts: Sharp pain at the lower edge of the shoulder blades aggravated by bending over may be caused by thoracic disc inj./vertebral dysftn/nerve compression/ligament inj or rib dysfunction, usually.X-rays will rarely reveal the cause.MRI may show disc inj., but only a good phys. incl. osteopathic hands-on exam will likely find the other causes.Care may then incl. manipulation/prolotherapy/surg/meds, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Strain: The most common cause of sudden low back pain is a strain. This is usually of the muscles and the ligaments. Certainly other tissues can cause sudden low back pain such as a disc tear or disc herniation. The good news is that most acute low back pain goes away within a few days with rest, ice and over the counter anti-inflammatory medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What causes sudden lower back pain? Feels like my back is about to break in half. Dull pain almost unbearable.
Low Back Pain: Most people with sometime in their life have sudden debilitating back pain. This can be from muscle strain, disc herniation, or even be unexplained. These symptoms usually improve over time with rest, plenty of water, and occasional NSAID pain medications. If you are gradually improving with rest, you will probably get better on your own. If you do not improving you may want to see your doctor. ...Read more
I was walking when I had sudden sharp back pain. It almost felt as though I hadbeen punched in the back. It knocked the air out of me. What happened?
Mnay possibilities: This depends where in the back. It could be lower back and we think of muscle, pinched nerve, jointpain. The mid back and upper can suggest lung such as pleurisy or blood clots + cardiovascular as well as musculoskeletal. With the information you have not included it would be hard to go beyond this. But since you never had pain like this before would discuss this with your physician ...Read more
Sudden onset back pain that radiates down right leg and makes leg go numb upon standing. Severe stab pain when moved. I'm only 23, what could it be?
Possibly a sciatica: A sciatica is caused by an irritation of a nerve in the back that then can cause pain that runs down the leg like you are describing. There are also potentially other causes as well. Usually a detailed history and exam can determine the cause. Thank you for your question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doctor can evaluate: Several possible reasons in a young adult, but one's doctor may want to check for a collapsed lung (pneumothorax, due to air leaking from inside the lung through it's lining, out into the space between the lung and the ribs). The site of the leak has some damage, which may heal itself. The leaked air stays inside the rib cage and takes up space, preventing the lung from fully inflating. ...Read more
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