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Why does my lower back tighten up when I walk or stand?

Why does my lower back tighten up when I walk or stand?

Back pain: Often as people age, their low backs become deconditioned: the muscles on the front of the spine too weak, and the muscles on the back of the spine too tight. Strengthening the front muscles and stretching the back muscles slowly, daily, can help. There can be other reasons also, involving the vertebrae and nerve roots, but these are less common. Consider seeing a physiatrist or neurologist. ...Read more

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Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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Why does my lower back hurt so much when I walk?

Why does my lower back hurt so much when I walk?

Different reasons: I would need to have more history. Do you have history of injuries to the low back. Sometimes spinal stenosis is one condition that triggers low back pain with walking. Is the pain only in back or do you get numbness in the legs also? If so, neurogenic claudication could be part of the condition. Other possibilities: facet joint problem or the hip if the pain is noticed more on buttock area. ...Read more

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I'm fit chic & I picked up a laundry basket ¬iced my lower back killing me. I can't stand hurts when I walk. Is icing good? When can I exercise?

I'm fit chic & I picked up a laundry basket &noticed my lower back killing me. I can't stand hurts when I walk. Is icing good? When can I exercise?

Fit at 40: Congratulations for being fit at forty! The lifting may have damaged your disc but if the pain does not radiate to the feet, most likely the nerve is not pinched. You can start swimming as soon as you can, but avoid lifting weights for now for at least 6 weeks. Icing is usually not good after the first 2-3 days. Hea would help relax the muscles better. Good luck. ...Read more

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Lower back hurts when I walk?

Lower back hurts when I walk?

Spine Injury: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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When I walk a lot my lower back hurts really bad like there is a chink in it?

When I walk a lot my lower back hurts really bad like there is a chink in it?

Not knowing ur age: I have to guess its muscular. If it is consistently hurting, get it looked at please. ...Read more

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I have some spinal stinosis in the lower back. When I walk it hurts mainly on my left side.?

I have some spinal stinosis in the lower back. When I walk it hurts mainly on my left side.?

Physical therapy: Physical therapy may be helpful. The best thing for spinal stenosis is exercise to strengthen the paraspinal muscles that support the spin. It may hurt to do the exercises at first, but it will be worth it in the long run. Also if you are overweight- try to get your weight down. ...Read more

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Pain in the left side of my hip and lower back. It only really hurts when I walk been taking pain pills but still hurts nothing else

Pain in the left side of my hip and lower back. It only really hurts when I walk been taking pain pills but still hurts nothing else

Musculoskeletal pain: Definitely sounds like a musculoskeletal problem. Should consult a primary care physician if it doesn't go away. Could try warm heating pads, - if you don't have any ulcers or stomach problems - then Ibuprofen may help decrease the inflammation. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm 19 and when I walk for like over 40 minutes my lower back and inner thigh hurts, I was wondering what can be the cause of this. Thank you!?

Hi, I'm 19 and when I walk for like over 40 minutes my lower back and inner thigh hurts, I was wondering what can be the cause of this. Thank you!?

Muscle spasm/nerve: You may be encountering muscle spasms in your lower back from the long walk and there
may be nerve entrapment due to muscle
spasm in your back or your pelvis. ...Read more

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I have pain in my lower back. It has been weeks and is still not recovering. Sometimes when I walk the pain spreads to my hip and thigh.

I have pain in my lower back. It has been weeks and is still not recovering. Sometimes when I walk the pain spreads to my hip and thigh.

See your doctor: Back pain that persists for more than four weeks should be investigated with your doctor taking a history, performing a physical exam and ordering tests if appropriate. After you are seen by your doctor, you will most start treatment with medications and physical therapy. When there is pain from pinched nerves going down the legs, injections are often utilized. ...Read more

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Right side of lower back painful when I walk. How to stretch this muscle? How to change gait to avoid straining this muscle? Any exercise suitable?

Right side of lower back painful when I walk. How to stretch this muscle? How to change gait to avoid straining this muscle? Any exercise suitable?

Crunches, leg raise: Axial back bain can be one-sided the treatment begins with lifestyle issues such as weight, smoking and fitness. General cardiovascular exercises such as jogging biking and stairstepping can improve sx as well. ...Read more

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I have lower right back pain when I walk for more than 20 minutes. My back gets tight and I get nagging pain that doesn't stop till I sit. Ideas?

Back pain: You must see your doctor. He will take your medical history, examine you and order lab studies and xrays.
When the results come in the doctor will contact you and discuss the results.
Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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What is the best way to nurse an aching lower back? After lifting heavy items, tailbone area hurts when I walk for a while but goes away shortly after

What is the best way to nurse an aching lower back? After lifting heavy items, tailbone area hurts when I walk for a while but goes away shortly after

Pain meds, heat pad,: Would relieve the pain/discomfort. Exercises to strengthen the back muscles would be greatly helpful. Avoiding heavy weights or gradually building up to it would help considerably.
Good luck. ...Read more

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My lower back hurt when I walk far and when I workout if I get me a back brace would it help stop hurting?

Strengthen your core: Physical therapy may help, as can working on strengthening your core muscles (from your neck to your knees). A back brace is usually not very effective in reducing back pain. Also, if the pain persists, you should see your primary care provider. ...Read more

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I have severe pain above my right buttock on my lower back only hurts when I walk. Is this a disk or sciatica?

I have severe pain above my right buttock on my lower back only hurts when I walk. Is this a disk or sciatica?

Many possibilities: It could be caused by many different conditions: sacroiliac joint dysfunction, myofascial gluteal pain, disc disruption, 'sciatica' from a compressed nerve in your back, 'sciatica' from a compressed nerve in your buttock muscle (piriformis syndrome), referred pain from hip or lumbar spinal arthritis or a compression fracture of a vertebra. I'd suggest you see a physician to find the source. ...Read more

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I had a strong upper back pain, even when I walk I have pain in the central lower back as well, can be related to nerves or spine problems?

I had a strong upper back pain, even when I walk I have pain in the central lower back as well, can be related to nerves or spine problems?

Back pain: Many conditions can cause back pain. In younger patients scoliosis is the most common cause. It can also be due to muscle spasm due to poor posture or improper lifting or twisting. Arthritic conditions and disk disease are more common in older patients but can happen on young adults as well. An x ray of the back would help. ...Read more

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My hip/lower back has had sharp pain when I get up/move at odd angles & aches when I walk. Thought it might be from snowboarding. Any thoughts?

My hip/lower back has had sharp pain when I get up/move at odd angles & aches when I walk. Thought it might be from snowboarding. Any thoughts?

Yes.: It could be from snowboarding. You may have strained the muscles in your low back and/or hip. You can try icing the area for 20 minutes at a time, 3-4 times per day, and take an anti-inflammatory medication such as advil or aleve (naproxen). If your not better in a couple of weeks, please see a non-surgical sports medicine specialist, who would be able to sort out your symptoms. ...Read more

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I've been getting really bad lower back pain I've managed to lose weight but the problem is still there sometime I get that bad I'm stiff when I walk?

I've been getting really bad lower back pain I've managed to lose weight but the problem is still there sometime I get that bad I'm stiff when I walk?

Good on the weight: It's good that you got the weight down then but the pain may not only be related to the weight. You need an evaluation to help clarify whether this is muscular, whether it's joint, whether it's bone, or other cause. This is something you can discuss with your physician and you may have to be sent for consultation ...Read more

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When I sit and lean. Forward my lower back really hurts, and when I walk allot my foot is getting really numb... What could it be?

When I sit and lean. Forward my lower back really hurts, and when I walk allot my foot is getting really numb... What could it be?

Not sure: The info given is limited and not specific to one problem. Possibilities include low back disk problems (like a rupture or herniation), spinal stenosis (narrowing of the nerve channel in the back causing nerve irritation). Foot numbness can also be caused by nerve problems unrelated to the back. ...Read more

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Pain at my lower back waist line, left side. Gets worse when I walk for long, lifting an object on my right hand. Stops when I sit and relaxed, help!

Pain at my lower back waist line, left side. Gets worse when I walk for long, lifting an object on my right hand. Stops when I sit and relaxed, help!

Oblique strain: Sounds like you have an oblique strain. It could also be a low back problem, likely muscular. Occasionally the it band will also get irritated. I would recommend stretching, heating pad and nsaids. If not better see a doc. ...Read more

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My top buttock, lower back, right growing, right thigh has pain when I walk or get up and lift my right leg it has pain in my right growing and back?

Pulled muscle: Symptoms named can occur from pulled muscles in groin or pelvis (often due to strain, overuse, excessive stretch). Hip joint problems and sacroiliac joint problems are also possibilities. Less likely is a pinched nerve in the spine. ...Read more

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Very bad lower back pain when I walk for more than 15 minutes. Not even carrying or pushing anything. Mom of 3 small kids so used to normal excersises?

Back pain: The problem of persistent low back pain can have many possible causes. You will need to see your doctor for an examination to determine the diagnosis and treatment of your back pain. L. ...Read more

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When I walk I feel I put much load on my right leg and I feel its more heavy and weak than my left, I also have lower back pain for 2-3 years!?

When I walk I feel I put much load on my right leg and I feel its more heavy and weak than my left, I also have lower back pain for 2-3 years!?

Be seen: If you are having back pain and unilateral leg weakness, it would be wise to be seen just to make sure it is not something that could potentially worsen. An mri to evaluate your nerve canal and a detailed exam will likely yield the correct diagnosis. There are many possibilities, but u would certainly get it checked into. ...Read more

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Subsequent to slipping on ice I have lower back pain, and a feeling best described as weakness in my legs when I walk?

Subsequent to slipping on ice I have lower back pain, and a feeling best described as weakness in my legs when I walk?

Needs evaluation: Based on the description, you need to be evaluated since you are describing weakness in both legs, need more information and since happened after a fall, may have a disc herniation or displaced fracture, best to check with your doctor. ...Read more