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What causes sudden, severe lower back pain?

What causes sudden, severe lower back pain?

Many Things: Not enough info for detailed answer, but proper diagnosis is ABSOLUTE KEY to proper treatment.I recommend exam by a dr. skilled in hands-on osteopathic diagnosis & manipulation.Since pain could be caused by anything from disc injury to QL spasm, SI inflammation or ligament injury, acute SI or lumbar vertebral dysfunction, etc.-someone who can truly differentiate cause can give you the best answer. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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Why did I have sudden severe lower back pain and gass ?

Why did I have sudden  severe lower back pain and gass ?

Pelvic problem: Back pain rarely causes pelvic pain but pelvic problems often cause back pain. Sudden distension of the colon can cause pain in both areas. Symptoms could be simply due to constipation or dietary issues or even colitis. Many problems can occur with the same symptoms such as urinary tract infections, ovarian cysts, etc. See your family practitioner or gynecologist. ...Read more

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My bf has sudden severe lower back pain. He says it feels like it did when he pulled it sledding, but has not done anything to injure himself. ER?

Back pain: Try rest ,plus Motrin 600mg 3x a day, heat contrasted with ice over area of pain ( heat for 10 min followed one hour later by applying ice for 5 min, Do this 4 x a day ) if no improvement within 48 hours , he should be seen by a doctor ...Read more

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I have sudden severe lower back pain, difficulty walking, any movement at all including breathing makes it worse. History of lumbar lordosis. Help!!!

I have sudden severe lower back pain, difficulty walking, any movement at all including breathing makes it worse. History of lumbar lordosis. Help!!!

U might be having an: acute LBP due to a disk herniation. Any pain going down the leg or any numbness in your leg/foot/toes?? Any urinary or bowel problems, like loss of control? If any of the above symptoms are present, then you probably need to be seen in ER, specially if urinary/bowels symptoms are present, as you may require to be seen by a Spinal surgeon. Otherwise, resting and taking NSAiDs would help & See PCP. ...Read more

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Sudden severe lower back pain bending at waist to pick up backpack cause? Hist: htn pcos 209lbs 18yrs old fell on tailbone 2 yrs ago no md evaluation.

Sudden severe lower back pain bending at waist to pick up backpack cause? Hist: htn pcos 209lbs 18yrs old fell on tailbone 2 yrs ago no md evaluation.

Too numerous: The possible causes are too numerous to go over in detail. Without knowing your height, a diagnosis of obesity is impossible, though 209 lbs is typically quite a load for the low back muscles, disc, and joint to handle. You may in fact have an issue with your lumbar facet joints even at your young age. A proper evaluation by a spine specialist is certainly needed. For now google coccydynia too. ...Read more

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What to do if severe lower back pain?

Get it looked at: Severe, truly severe, back pain needs to be evaluated by a physician. Likely a musculoskeletal condition, but other more dangerous conditions need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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What can cause severe lower back pain?

Back pain: Back pain is usually caused by a problem with the disc that serves as the cushion between vertebra. The discs can herniate where a piece from the center comes out or the disc can tear (annular tear) which commonly causes severe back pain. There are other less common causes such as trauma/fracture, infection, facet(spine joints) arthritis, cancer, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (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


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