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What might cause chronic back stiffness and pain after a long flight?

What might cause chronic back stiffness and pain after a long flight?

Severa things: If each time you fly you experience back stiffness, you may have minor disc disease or a disc bulge. These are more prominent when sitting, and pressing on nerves running to back muscles lead to stiffness. Equally it could just be that you have chronic back strain, which is exacerbated by prolonged sitting when flying. ...Read more

Dr. Walker Wynkoop
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Stiffness Or Decreased Movement (Definition)

Stiffness is a symptom of inflammation surrounding a joint or muscle and making it more resistant to movement. Neurological disorders can sometimes cause stiffness. ...Read more


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What might cause leg stiffness and pain after a long drive?

What might cause leg stiffness and pain after a long drive?

A number of things: There are a number of possible causes for it. Lack of movement can cause accumulation of fluid in the leg tissues and this can make you stiff and sore. Low back trouble can do it as can nerve irritation. If you have visible swelling associated with the pain, there is the possibility that it could be a blood clot, especially if it was a several hour long drive. ...Read more

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What could cause leg pain and back pain from sleeping or sitting in one position for a long time?

What could cause leg pain and back pain from sleeping or sitting in one position for a long time?

Nerve impingement: Back pain is common and is often treated with core strengthening. However, when it is accompanied by pain radiating down a leg, it suggests lumbar nerve impingement as well. ...Read more

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Having sudden severe pain in mid back which also extends to neck. How long to wait before seeing doctor?

Common complaint: Poor posture leads to a muscle strain and back/neck pain. Most patients do not have a serious spinal problem. However if your pain accompanied by neurological deficiency (numbness, weakness) call a doctor. Moist heat, stretch exercises NSAID (otc) aleve (naproxen) and good mattress are very helpful. If concerned see pcp for further investigation. ...Read more

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I have leg weakness/pain and a little back pain with prolonged standing. What can I do to alleviate the symptoms?

Find the reason: You have to find the reason for it before anybody could suggest treatment for you, check it out. ...Read more

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Experiencing knees pain and lower back pain two months after C-section delivery. What could be the cause and how to remedy it?

Experiencing knees pain and lower back pain two months after C-section delivery. What could be the cause and how to remedy it?

Exercise: After pregnancy, your body has to regain its "sea legs, "again. There was a change in your pelvis during pregnancy and your center of gravity that may have affected the mechanics of your knees in terms of the patellae or kneecaps as well as your back. Rarely, an autoimmune response can be triggered by your pregnancy. Start exercising when cleared to do so to avoid an incisional hernia ...Read more

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What can cause upper back/lower neck pain after standing up for for a couple of hours? Incorrect posture, spinal deformation or something else?

What can cause upper back/lower neck pain after standing up for for a couple of hours? Incorrect posture, spinal deformation or something else?

Trigger points: Pain in the midline of the back or around the shoulder blades is usually muscular. Trigger points, fairly specific areas that when pressed reproduce or trigger the pain, are common and muscular. Levator scapula syndrome is a variant near the top of the shoulder blade. Good posture, avoid looking down at computer screens. Try ice/heat, nsaid's, and salonpas hot patches. ...Read more

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What could be the possible cause blood spot from urethra after eating ? Sometimes blood shows also in my underwear after a long walk or running. I also have tolerable right abdominal pain and back pain.

Endometriosis?: Answer depends on your age, duration of symptoms. Vicarious menstruation means blood coming from urethra, nose , vagina, anus/other orifices. But if rt. Abd.Pain and back pain is there , you need to go a gynaecologist, r/o mass in ovary/uterus / other genital tract cancers like vaginal/vulval(skin and mucous membernous areas of perineum-external genitalia).Will need a pelvic/abdominal scan or ct scan. ...Read more

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I'm starting to walk with little pain after my sprain of 1 week. The pain is in a specific spot like a nerve. How can I stop such extreme pain?

I'm starting to walk with little pain after my sprain of 1 week. The pain is in a specific spot like a nerve. How can I stop such extreme pain?

Impossible to answer: Sprain of what? Your ankle? If the pain is severe, the ankle needs to be evaluated and x rayed. For severe sprains, immobilization will speed recovery. ...Read more

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I have severe headaches, back of head, lower right side. Sometimes after too much alcohol, sometimes no trigger? The pain can last for days. Help.

I have severe headaches, back of head, lower right side.  Sometimes after too much alcohol, sometimes no trigger?  The pain can last for days.  Help.

Needs investigation : You need to check with your pcp, who should check your medical history, family history and any risk factors. You will possibly need ct or MRI brain to rule out any organic pathology. You also may have some withdrawal headache from the alcohol, or tension headache. It's important to know what alleviates the headache and what makes it worse as well. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Is chronic pain syndrome caused by anxiety? Keep having 1 type of pain after another which takes a long time to go away - ankle, lower back, neck, etc

Is chronic pain syndrome caused by anxiety? Keep having 1 type of pain after another which takes a long time to go away - ankle, lower back, neck, etc

Possible: Anxiety can definantly cause pain. It is not the only cause and other possibilities should be ruled out before it is blamed for your symptoms. Often doctors are reluctant to confront this head on. You should ask your doctor this directly. This will make it easier to open a frank discussion about the anxiety problems. ...Read more

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How common is it to have unresolved nerve pain in feet and legs after lower back pain surgery?

How common is it to have unresolved nerve pain in feet and legs after lower back pain surgery?

Depends: Some nerve injuries take a long time to recover, and some never do. In general, the younger and healthier you are, your chance of complete recovery is better - providing you have not waited too long and your nerve damage has not become permanent. ...Read more

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What could cause severe headache when standing and last for a while after sitting again?

What could cause severe headache when standing and last for a while after sitting again?

Headache on standing: It is similar to headache after spinal tap. You need to see your doctor to rule put causes such as low CSF pressure (intracranial hypotension) ...Read more

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Lower back pain for 2 weeks of unknown origin. High pain carded nausea. Worse when standing. No numbness or tingling. How long should it take to heal?

Lower back pain for 2 weeks of unknown origin. High pain carded nausea. Worse when standing. No numbness or tingling. How long should it take to heal?

May wait for 1 week: You can try otc aleve (naproxen) or advil and heating pad with light range of motion exercises. If no relief after 1 more week, see a neurologist or physiatrist or orthopedician. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain and right calf down to leg pain and also dark yellow urine, what are the possible symptoms and solutions so that i could be well again? also i'm having a hard time walking for a long period of time and waking up in a leg pain?

I have lower back pain and right calf down to leg pain and also dark yellow urine, what are the possible symptoms and solutions so that i could be well again? also i'm having a hard time walking for a long period of time and waking up in a leg pain?

Radiating leg pain: When a nerve is "pinched" in the lower back, the pain would radiate along that nerve's path, most of the times to the toes. This can happen if a disc is damaged in the lower spine. Dark urine is not related to these symptoms but a sign of dehydration. Drink more water for sure. Avoid prolonged sitting, bending, heavy lifting etc to give the disc a chance to heal. ...Read more

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Moderate lower/mid back pain about 1 month. I have been limping due to knee injury for 5 months. Is this the cause/ what can be done to alleviate pain?

Cannot say: without directly examining. Pain makes for easy answers on examination if a spot is tender on poking it, that's the cause! Limping tends to jar back and produce muscle irritation and spasm. Aspirin like drugs, warmth, rest, massage are some of many many treatments. ...Read more

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Burning stiffness in center of upper back and neck, headaches and tremors been her for a long time. What could it be?

Burning stiffness in center of upper back and neck,  headaches and tremors been her for a long time.  What could it be?

Fibromyalgia: That describes fibromyalgia or myofascial pain. I would see you primary care doctor and also try chiropractic and massage for a couple months. ...Read more

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I have back pain and stiffness when i wake up. Is this possibly whiplash and what are ways to alleviate the symptoms?

I have back pain and stiffness when i wake up. Is this possibly whiplash and what are ways to alleviate the symptoms?

No: Whiplash syndrome usually is related to a fall or accident. It does not appear that you have any relation to those events. Nonetheless, you have signs of arthritic symptoms due to degenerative disc disease. I would see a physician for further evaluation. ...Read more