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When your lower back and your lower stomach is hurting what could it be?

When your lower back  and your lower stomach is hurting what could it be?

Period discomfort?: Sometimes close to your period you can have discomfort in these areas. Keep a journal and see if this discomfort is related to your menstrual cycle. If pain is severe get a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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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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What does it mean when you hurting in your lower back near your kidneys?

What does it mean when you hurting in your lower back near your kidneys?

Possibilities: The kidneys are off to the left and right of the upper portion of low back. Pain can be from a kidney issue like a stone (intense cramping pain). Pain can also be from a disk problem or spinal degeneration ("arthritis"). Trauma and strains can do it. Less common causes include infections and tumors. If it is severe or persists, see your primary doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have pain in your back lower right quadrant?

What does it mean if you have pain in your back lower right quadrant?

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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What causes your lower back to hurt?

What causes your lower back to hurt?

More ideas: Try finding a good osteopathic physician (do) who does gentle manipulation. Online sources: biodo.Com, cranial academy.Com, academyofosteopathy.Org. A good chiropractor can help, as can other bodyworkers who do feldenkrais or alexander techniques. Yoga w/ a good instructor to supervise your alignment may also be useful. Try tai chi or qi gong. Above all exercise regularly as prevention. ...Read more

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What should you do when your lower abdomen hurts?

What should you do when your lower abdomen hurts?

Abdominal pain: Abdominal pain can be very difficult to assess. It can be something benign like gas pains or uterine cramps in females to something more severe like appendicitis. Be evaluated by your physician to make sure you get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What to do if I have back and lower right abdomen pain?

What to do if I have back and lower right abdomen pain?

See your doctor: Abdominal pain, even if associated with back pain, can be caused by way too many things to advise you on what to do for your present condition. You need to see your doctor who will take a complete history & perform a physical exam before recommending any treatment plans. It's possible it could be a stone, based on the brief information you've noted, & and ultrasound or CT may identify the problem ...Read more

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What to do if I have lower back and upper leg pain?

What to do if I have lower back and upper leg pain?

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your lower back hurts when on your period?

What does it mean when your lower back hurts when on your period?

Referred pain: Menstrual cramping can frequently refer pain to the lower back. Try hot compresses on the low back, soaking in a hot tub, and flexibility exercises with nsaids to help the pain. ...Read more

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What do it mean when you have sharp pain in your lower stomach?

Lots of things: Pain could be heartburn / reflux / an ulcer / gallbladder , and maybe even appendix or a simple muscle pull ; depending on severity and frequenecy , ask your md to order the correct test to find out. ...Read more

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What to do if I have lower back and hip pain on my left side, what could be the problem?

What to do if I have lower back and hip pain on my left side, what could be the problem?

See details: The origin is likely the lower back and this could be due to arthritis, a strain or even congenital instability. ...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 do you suggest to relieve my lower back pain?

What do you suggest to relieve my lower back pain?

Low back pain: Work on strengthening your core muscles (low back and abdomen) through a low impact routine. Stretching is very important and can include traction, knees to chest, pelvic tilts, etc. A medicine ball is a good tool. These exercises can be guided by a therapist or chiropractor with other modalities as well. More aggressive options include cortisone injections. See your doctor for advice. ...Read more

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What would cause your lower back to hurt and right under your rib cage?

Several options: There are multiple potential causes, such as lumbar sprain/strain, kidney pathology, abdominal pathology, spinal disc disease, etc. See a physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your lower part of your back and stomach hurts?

What does it mean when your lower part of your back and stomach hurts?

Pain: It is very difficult to determine the cause without a thorough history and physical. Abdominal pain is, in my practice, usually more of a red flag than the back pain. A young female that presented to the ed would, at minimum, have a few urine tests. If your vitals or exam were concerning enough, the assessment could be much more extensive. ...Read more

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What to do about lower back pain?

What to do about lower back pain?

Give it time: Low back pain usually improves within 1-2 weeks, but it depends on the circumstances. If your pain has persisted for greater than 1-2 weeks despite conservative management i would see your physician. You would also want to see your physician sooner if you have any fever, chills, night sweats, or bowel/bladder changes. ...Read more

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What do you think is my problem if my lower back hurts when i bend forward and backward?

What do you think is my problem if my lower back hurts when i bend forward and backward?

Usually a disc : Usually a disc issue due to loss of its structural integrity. You may need to get into better shape to compensate for this by increasing your core strength, possibly more regular exercise & weight control if indicated, better body mechanics in terms of bending & lifting, smoking cessation if this is an issue & otc medication. There are other possible causes that would need a physician to check. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a pain on your left side below your ribs and the pain goes to your back on the same side? Now sensitive to touch.

Shingles.: The most likely diagnosis is shingles, which can occur without the typical rash (or the rash may develop later). Shingles is the adult version of chickenpox, caused by the same virus. Your doctor or a dermatologist can prescribe an antiviral (valtrex, famvir, (famciclovir) etc.) which will shorten the course considerably, but the sooner you start treatment the better it will work. ...Read more

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What could be wrong when your lower back hurt at the top of your left but cheek?

What could be wrong when your lower back hurt at the top of your left but cheek?

Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the buttock called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist ...Read more

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What to do if the right lower side of my back/abdomen hurt?

What to do if the right lower side of my back/abdomen hurt?

Maybe, but...: Causes of recurrent abdominal discomfort as described may be identified by first addressing signs/symptoms so as to localize the organ involved: in women: vaginal discharge or bleeding, alteration in periods, pregnancy risk? Fever, nausea, vomiting, altered stool pattern, blood with stool, tenderness, distension? Painful urination, blood in urine? Recent trauma, herniation? Stressors? Other risks? ...Read more