Doctor insights on: Sudden severe lower left back pain

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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

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


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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 am experiencing low back pain and back pain (severity: severe) (side: lower). The left side, .

I am experiencing low back pain and back pain (severity: severe) (side: lower). The left side, .

Many causes possible: Low back pain is one of the most common symptoms in medicine: causes include sprains, disc problems, facet joint arthritis, kidney diseases, colon diseases including constipation., among others. Left lower back pain suggests against kidney, but includes sprains and constipation. If the back pain persists or worsens you need to see your PCP for referral for lumbar imaging following detailed exam ...Read more

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I am having severe rite side lower back pain for several hours now it is going to left side no pains middle. Is this something I should worry about?

I am having severe rite side lower back pain for several hours now it is going to left side no pains middle. Is this something I should worry about?

Muscle spasm: This is most likely a muscle spasm which can happen from heavy lifting to an awkward turn or bend. If the pain radiates down the legs be mindful of sciatic pain though it is impotant to try conservative management such as Ibuprofen and warm compresses. Physical therapy will also help strengthen your back muscles. ...Read more

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My girlfriend is suddenly having severe mid and lower back pain. More so on the left side. What could it be?

Multiple reasons: Pain could be from an ovarian cyst. Where you recently sexually active?, pain could be from painful intercourse as a result of friction or trauma. Was she lifting anything or doing anything that would create pressure on the back? Pain could be from a strained muscle to a herniated disc. Asked her if she's ever had a ruptured ovarian cyst, especially with her history of iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more

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How do I treat rib and back pain I have two left side ribs causing me not to be able stand erect, lift anything on the right side, and severe pain in lower back, left side at l 2 and 3 vert. I can't sit and type almost in tears it hurts so bad.

This: This degree of pain is unusual for pure musculoskeletal problems to the "ribs" of to the thoracic area. You are not giving much information but I would want to make sure you don't have another problem internally that coulb be causing problems. You need a comprehensive evaluation of your condition with a good review of systems. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in my lower back pain on my left side I can't sleep on my back or move left and right what should I do?

I have severe pain in my lower back pain on my left side I can't sleep on my back or move left and right what should I do?

ANSWER: See your dr & get checked out. This could be many different things, but after evaluating it either your dr will be able to help or will refer you to someone who can. ...Read more

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Severe lower back pain. Goes from left side of back, down to left buttock. Hurts to sit, when lying down can't get back up.?

Severe lower back pain. Goes from left side of back, down to left buttock. Hurts to sit, when lying down can't get back up.?

Disk problem: Low back pain radiating to the buttock suggests an intervertebral disc bulging or ruptured causing pressure on a nerve root. Most of these improve in a matter of weeks but an MRI of the low back would give more information. ...Read more

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I do gym but don't know I have severe sharp pain in left side of my lower back. Pain increases while sitting but not in walking and laying.

Treat muscle sprain: It seems like you have sprained muscle in your left lower back. Apply heat there. Some people report better results with ice than heat. You can use both or either one. Use anti inflammatory drugs like Advil or Aleve (naproxen). Also rest is very important, Avoid bending and lifting. Also avoid exercises that cause pain in that area. If not better in couple of weeks, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have severe lower back pain which radiates down the front of my left leg?

I have severe lower back pain which radiates down the front of my left leg?

Nerve issue: Symptoms suggestive of a potential radiculopathy or neuropathy. Please see your local physician who may suggest both imaging studies (such as an MRI) and/or electrodiagnostics. ...Read more

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I have severe lower back pain on my left side I can't sit up or sleep or walk without pain what should I do?

I have severe lower back pain on my left side I can't sit up or sleep or walk without pain what should I do?

Back pain: There are many reasons for back pain from strain, arthritis, kidney stones to herniated disk, see your physician for evaluation of your back pain. ...Read more

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I've had severe lower back pain for 2days. It has escalated to my left leg. What causes this? Is it serious? It also is painful to be sitting.

Lumbar Disc: A herniated or protruding disc can irritate the lumbar nerve roots causing pain to travel down the leg. This can be very painful. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in both my calf's but is worse in my left calf, also have painful lower back pain and ache all over?

I have severe pain in both my calf's but is worse in my left calf, also have painful lower back pain and ache all over?

Had backache long?: Have you got any radiating pain from the back down into the calves or possibly on the left side all the way down to the foot into the big toe? Has your doctor considered ordering an imaging study of the back such as an MRI? you may have either a compression of one of your lower lumbar nerve roots ornarrowing of your spinal canal in the lumbar area which could also affect smaller nerve root fibers. ...Read more

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I am experiencing lower back pain, a constant numbing on the outside of my left thigh, and severe stabbing pain in the numb area while standing.?

Many possibilities: The symptoms of pain and numbness during or after activity could be due to muscle strain, nerve irritation, or other causes. Best to check with your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and then develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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I'm having severe cramping with severe lower back pain and puking as well as I have a cyst on my left ovary. How can I stop the pain. I can't get comf?

I'm having severe cramping with severe lower back pain and puking as well as I have a cyst on my left ovary. How can I stop the pain. I can't get comf?

Should be evaluated: The cyst is probably unrelated to your other complaints. Need to be evaluated in person.
FYI: would be helpful if you would describe:
1) when the symptoms began
2) are the symptoms continuous or intermittent
3) if intermittent, how long they last (seconds, minutes, hours)
4) What makes it worse (eating, moving, etc)
5) what makes it better (medicines, rest, etc)
6) what have you done so far

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more