Back Pain

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Back pain can be a painful sensation in the whole or any part of the back. The pain may be pressing, sharp or dull in nature.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Fever

  • Gross hematuria

  • Sensation of incomplete voiding

  • Abnormal sensation (tingling, prickling)

  • Numbness of lower limbs

  • Respiratory wheeze

Possible causes

  • osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis is a disease that makes your bones weak and brittle, resulting in the bone to frature easily even with minor truma/ stress (for instance, after a simple fall). It my be caused due to long-term low calcium intake, estrogen deficiencies in women and inactive lifestyle.

  • Low back pain

    Low back pain is very common. More than 80% of people have at least one episode of low back pain during their lifetime. Back pain is usually not serious and most often resolves on its own, but can be frustrating when pain interferes with daily life. Risk factors include smoking, obesity, older age, female sex, physically strenuous or sedentary work, stress, and mental health issues. Serious causes include menstrual problems, injury, slipped disc, nerve disease, spine disease, joint deformities etc.

  • Chronic pain

    Pain that is ongoing and usually lasts longer than six months. This type of pain can continue even after the injury or illness that caused it has healed or gone away. It interferes with daily life and can lead to depression and anxiety.

  • Chronic pyelonephritis
  • Lumbar spondylosis
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Acute low back pain

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have back pain?

  • Do you have pain when you press your back?

  • Do your symptoms appear after exercise?

  • Do you have symptoms when you drink alcohol?

  • Do you have a fever?

Other Related Symptoms

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References

  • Back pain

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/back-pain/

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Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

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