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What are the causes of chronic lower back pain?

What are the causes of chronic lower back pain?

Variety: Low back pain can be as simple as a muscle strain and sprain or as serious as a disc herniation and spinal stenosis. Back pain that persists more than a week needs to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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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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What is the possible cause of chronic lower back pain? Thanks.

What is the possible cause of chronic lower back pain?  Thanks.

Many causes: There are many causes for back pain. At 21 years old however they are limited. There may be a disc herniation or degeneration but that is much less likely, although still possible. It could be a simple muscle stain. The overwhelming majority of cases of lbp get better in 4-6 weeks. If you have had the problem for more than that time frame then get help. See your pcp or a spine physiatrist. ...Read more

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What causes chronic lower back pain? All tests are normal. It's stabbing and burning pain.

What causes chronic lower back pain?  All tests are normal.  It's stabbing and burning pain.

Evaluation Needed: After a proper history, physical exam and any necessary imaging (x-ray/mri) is obtained and reviewed a sufficient diagnosis can be made. Treatment may include but is not limited to ice, heat, massage, nsaid's, physical therapy, chiropractic, orthopedist, and pain management. ...Read more

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Why am I having chronic lower back pain?

Probably because: you fell and injured something as you stated in your other post... ...Read more

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What to do if I have chronic lower back pain.Please help!?

What to do if I have chronic lower back pain.Please help!?

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. Please go to see a health care provider (pain management doctor, physiatrist, neurologist, spine doctor ..) you might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What can be done to make chronic lower back pain tolerable?

Several ways--you : Be proactive with lifestyle changes including: weight control, regular exercising & not smoking. Make sure to have adequate sleep & good vitamin d/calcium intake. Most people remain functional without spine surgery for back pain. If needed. Additional treatment can include physical rherapy, medication & possible pain management techniques. A simple back support may help. Otc meds may help. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get help for chronic lower back pain?

What is the best way to get help for chronic lower back pain?

Osteopathic Doctor: If conventional examinations haven't found the cause or conventional treatments haven't relieved the pain, consider an evaluation by an osteopathic physician, especially one who specializes in hands-on diagnosis and osteopathic manipulation. They can often find the cause and/or treat it when others can't. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you've done permanent damage from chronic lower back pain?

How can you tell if you've done permanent damage from chronic lower back pain?

If U have DDD now-: -anything U do that aggravates it is giving it a little boost 2 become worse. B sure U C a fellowship trained spine surgeon 2 advise U. ...Read more

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I'm 17 and i've had chronic lower back pain for years. I'm worried it could be osteocarcoma. Is this likely?

I'm 17 and i've had chronic lower back pain for years. I'm worried it could be osteocarcoma. Is this likely?

Highly unlikely: If your back pain has been the same for some time then, the likelihood that any malignant form of a tumor as the cause would be unlikely. Other symptoms would've developed of either pain, funny feelings or weakness in the legs, or something which would've caused your doctor to work you up and find the answer. Nevertheless, sharing your concern with your doctor is a good idea as well. ...Read more

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What to do about chronic lower back pain & tmd?

What to do about chronic lower back pain & tmd?

No connection: You have 2 separate problems that need to be addressed separately. To receive the best care, you should always first consult your primary care physician, and he/she might refer you to a proper specialist for each problem. Example: TMD problem is an Orofacial Pain specialist field. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the initial cure for chronic lower back pain?

Several things: First, you need to assess your health status in terms of regular exercise, weight control and tobacco use. Are you getting a good night's sleep on a good mattress? If the pain persists or is getting worse, try over the counter medication and a simple back support and local heat applications. If no better, see your primary care doctor for an evaluation and to discuss next steps. ...Read more

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What are some of the treatments for chronic lower back pain?

What are some of the treatments for chronic lower back pain?

Multiple: There are many treatments for back pain. There is surgery for chronic pain in cases of disease that requires surgery such as discs or spinal stenosis. There are chiropractic, massage therapy, physiotherapy , and medications These frequently take the form of NSAIDs. Lastly there are narcotics but this is a last resort. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it normal to suffer from chronic lower back pain after having a spinal fusion 7 years ago?

Yes: New problems can develop or you can develop problems over time simple from the body's response to the fusion over time (bone spurs, scar tissue, stenosis, etc). Get it checked out. Probably will need fresh mri. For patients who have had surgery would recommend high field with contrast. ...Read more

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I had spinal fusion 7 years ago and now I suffer from chronic lower back pain - is this normal?

I had spinal fusion 7 years ago and now I suffer from chronic lower back pain - is this normal?

Not Typically: If you are having severe chronic low back pain it is worth investigating to try and determine the cause. There may be some correctable problem. Alternatively, you may be a candidate for an implanted spinal cord stimulator. This might provide excellent pain relief. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of or manage chronic lower back pain, and its more so on my left side. The left side hurts more then the right.?

How do I get rid of or manage chronic lower back pain, and its more so on my left side. The left side hurts more then the right.?

Activity, OTC meds: Chronic back pain is a very common complaint. Most is due to muscle strain or sometimes minor disc problems. As a start, otc meds like Ibuprofen and usual activities are best. Physical therapy, massage, short courses of muscle relaxants are helpful in some cases. There is little value to any imaging early on in most back pain. Narcotics are essentially never indicated. Discuss with your pcp. ...Read more

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Back Pain (Definition)

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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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