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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What causes lower back ache during the first trimester?

What causes lower back ache during the first trimester?

See below : Mainly due to muscle stretch/strain. Also changes in the way you walk due to changes in your body and your center of gravity.

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What could cause back ache for a woman of about 22 weeks of pregnancy (my cousin's wife)? ??

What could cause back ache for a woman of about 22 weeks of pregnancy (my cousin's wife)? ??

Center of gravity: Most likely, her changing center of gravity (enlarging pregnant uterus) is pulling her back forward and causing a strain. A belly sling can help lift the uterus off the pelvic and may give some relief. A search for "belly sling" on Amazon.com will show you some examples. Floating in a pool can also bouy the baby up off the pelvis and can help with low back pain & swelling.

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What could cause a back ache to show up four days after initial trauma?

What could cause a back ache to show up four days after initial trauma?

Need more details: Many times, the minor symptoms after trauma appear a few days after the accident. But it really depends on what happened. In minor trauma, t may be muscular aches and pains which tend to show up a day or two later. If the accident was more severe, like a car crash, back pain can be a sign of internal injuries. In this case, you should see your doctor soon to have it checked.

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What could cause low back ache along with calf and foot spasms?

What could cause low back ache along with calf and foot spasms?

Disc disease: Back and leg pain/ spasms can come from disc herniations or referred pain from disc degeneration. Usually the symptoms will resolve after 6 weeks. For persistent symptoms, a lumbar MRI can show whether the nerve is being compressed. Physical therapy and injections can calm things down. Surgery is reserved for those with disc herniations that don't respond to anything else.

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What's causing my lower back ache and hips ache with a little cramping in abdomen ?

What's causing my lower back ache and hips ache with a little cramping in abdomen ?

Lumbar: Low back and hip aching at your age is commonly due to early degenerative disc disease, i.e. Wear and tear of the discs which happens to all of us due to time and aging. Generally the initial treatment for this is conservative - physical therapy, increased activity, maintaining a good diet and weight, smoking cessation, etc. Abdominal cramping is not typically associated and may be separate.

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What causes severe waist and back ache?

What causes severe waist and back ache?

Get evaluated by doc: Occasional ache/pain occurs in everyone at some point, but persistent pain should be evaluated. It is possible you may have sprain/strains, degenerative joint/disc disease, stenosis, spondylolithesis (bone slipping off/out), spinal abscess, even kidney stone, colitis, ovarian cyst, appendicitis etc.Can cause back/waist pain .I would consult doc for an evaluation. Motrin/tylenol may help. Good luck.

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What's causing my chronic lower back ache?

What's causing my chronic lower back ache?

Low backache: Need further workup to determine if it is from your spine or your kidneys, or other causes.

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What causes up back to ache for a year. Not present at rest. Also I have this right flank burning/ gnawing feeling for one year also. Comes and goes?

Too much Hwy 65/50: Comes and goes is likely good. Suggests muscular or arthritic. Doubt much pressure on nerves from your info. Given this fact, i would expect sitting/driving to be worse. Try some core exercises like pilates/piyo/yoga. Use nsaids as needed, ice/heat, salonpas patches. If still an issue after a month or two, time to get medical opinion.

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What could cause my back to ache so much?

What could cause my back to ache so much?

Many things: Most common cause of back aches are back strain, many people have arthritis in their back- this can be seen on basic x-ray. Also disc problems may be present - like bulging or herniated disc. Back muscles are frequently weak- so you can do core building exercises that can help back pain--recommend eval by doctor.

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What's the most common cause of back ache among young athletes?

What's the most common cause of back ache among young athletes?

Overuse: Usually overuse or repetitive use injury especially as higher level athletes stay with their primary sport all year round with no rest or change to another sport. Occasionally, this can be a presentation of a condition known as spondylolysis/ spondylolisthesis.

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I used to do crazy stunts like jump off things and roll, can that cause back ache?

I used to do crazy stunts like jump off things and roll, can that cause back ache?

Unlikely unless you : Sustained some injuries back then and remember feeling pain in the back for awhile with those injuries. If they did not cause any pain, then there is no relationship. Back pain is a fairly common complaint as we age, in general.

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Which ingredient of a multivitamin causes a back ache?

Which ingredient of a multivitamin causes a back ache?

Doubtful: I do not believe that any convincing data relating vitamins and back pain is present. Yes, vitamin deficiency could contribute to back pain, but this is NOT a known adverse effect for vitamin ingestion usually. Suppose an overdose of Vitamin B-6 may be an issue, but here too, regular dose is likely a non-offender.

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Why does a curved spine cause back ache?

Why does a curved spine cause back ache?

It varies: In my experience, for two reasons. First, a spinal deformity can cause a muscular pain as the muscles try to hold the spine in a good position but battle a mechanical disadvantage. Second, the spine is loaded in an asymmetric fashion leading to early failure fo the discs leading to premature degeneration, herniations, and arthritis, all of which can certainly cause pain. Thank you.

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Can stress and anxiety cause lower back ache ?

Can stress and anxiety cause lower back ache ?

Yes: "stress" can definitely increase tension in muscles all over your body, including those in your lower back. Increased muscle tension can lead to pain & aching. Dr. John sarno (healing back pain -- the mind-body connection) is well known for his work in this area. Chronic anger especially can evoke these kinds of results. Therapeutic writing can be very helpful in alleviating stress & pain.

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How does Accutane (roaccutane) cause back ache?

How does Accutane (roaccutane) cause back ache?

Accutane: Accutane does not cause back acne. It is a treatment for severe acne and can be used to eliminate acne--from both face and trunk.

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Could you tell me what is the most effective pain relief for back ache caused by curved spine or worn discs?

Could you tell me what is the most effective pain relief for back ache caused by curved spine or worn discs?

RFA, PT, NSAIDs: Curved spine (scoliosis) and "worn discs" are extremely common in people that have no pain at all, so both of those things aren't necessarily the causes of pain. Both though, can cause pain by putting pressure on the joints in the back. A thorough evaluation by a spine specialist should be able to tell you what is causing the pain (the joints, the discs, the muscles/ligaments, etc).

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What could cause throatic middle right back ache? Doesnt hurt when i sleep or when i first get up. Its usually after couple hours. I have lost 60 lbs

What could cause throatic middle right back ache? Doesnt hurt when i sleep or when i first get up. Its usually after couple hours.  I have lost 60 lbs

Several possible : Causes. However, it could be a sign of a gastrointestinal problem like a gallbladder problem that can occur with some diets related to weight loss. It is reasonable to see your physician for an evaluation.

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I have worn discs in the lower spine and always have lower back ache and strain; what causes the?

I have worn discs in the lower spine and always have lower back ache and strain; what causes the?

Most commonly: These things together in a younger person is a mix between a weak core, carrying extra weight and poor posture. I am assuming since you say you have worn discs, you have already had imaging? If not, consider x ray and/or MRI to illustrate any back issues. Also consider pt as a long term solution. Best of luck and i hope this helps.

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