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What causes Lower back pain on the left hand side?
It's not spinal stenosis - stenosis does not cause that type of pain, though it can lead to other problems that can cause it. In addition to stenosis, disk problems for over 2…0 years, 3 major spinal operations, I also have a specific hereditary problem that led to my condition and degeneration. I've been in formal Pain Mgt for over 10 years, requiring the strongest opiates. I have had disk herniations and pain occur and reoccur many times over the years. Certain disks press on certain nerves that can be traced by the pain, determining the origin of the nerve being compressed. You have 1 or 2 potential problems, depending on how far up the pain is on your back, or if you've had a specific injury recently or you play contact sports. If the pain is sharp and you can follow it with your finger, what you likely have is a herniated disk at the L3/L4 disk or L4/L5 disk, most likely the L3/L4. The other is there's an offchance you might have more than one. The best way to determine which disk is by tracing the rout of the nerve pain. If it's down the back of the leg it's in the lower vertebrae, L5-S1. L3 and L4 pain will radiate from the middle of the back, down to the waist, across the hip of one side, across the side of the leg, across the thigh and finally stopping at the inside knee, depending on the severity of the problem. If the upper pain is in the shoulder area it's likely unrelated. If it's within a foot of the waistline just above the buttocks, offcenter of the spine itself, then it's likely related to the disk causing the leg pain as the pain normally traces the nerve path. In any event, you need to get to you doctor ASAP, and cease any lifting over a few pounds. You also need to start reducing the inflammation to get the disk to retract into the membrane. My 2 favorite non prescription meds are Bayer Back and Body Aspirin, and Tylenol Rapid Release geltabs. Start tracking your pain as well - severity on a 1-10 scale (10 being unbearable), the location (draw a simple body picture and note the location), the time of day it occurs or if it's constant, what you're doing if it gets worse, anything. It will help you later on when you see a doctor. You can also get those forms (Pain diaries) at Http://www.painfoundation.org.
Some years ago I had a lump on the right side of my lower back--I didn't even know when it first appeared--one day it was just there! Even though it was painless I went …to a doctor who diagnosed it as a keloid--unfortunately I listened to that quack! Overtime (years) the lump, which started off about the size of a peanut m & m, formed a flat mass around it. It got painful (coming and going) and oftentimes it felt like a deep burning sensation and a pulling pain on the right side of my lower back and in the surrounding skin and muscles. I went to another doctor who did a CAT scan and biopsy and found that the lump was cancerous (I was lucky because the cancer was confined only to the lump and had not spread). I then had surgery to completely remove the lump and mass. Because I trusted the first doctor's opinion I waited too long and had to have a lot of extra tissue, muscle, and skin removed--leaving a large scar. Don't take chances--your ability to walk in the future could be affected if the lump is too close to your spine--I was lucky that mine was not. See a doctor right away--and for Christ's sake--get a second opinion too! Good Luck!
This type of pain is consistent with a cervical disk herniation between the C5/6 or C6/7 vertebrae. It is not something to be taken lightly - left untreated, it can resu…lt in partial paralysis or nerve damage to the affected nerve. Most people do not realize that the nerves and muscles of the arm are controlled in the neck. The pain and its path through the nerve is unmistakable - typically you cannot feel any pain in the neck. The pain in the back is generally in the upper left around the shoulder. It then travels down the Ulnar nerve on the inside of the left arm, through the wrist and into the fingers. Numbness and tingling will also occur if the disk/s in question aren't dealt with. If the problem is bad enough, the pain and muscle contraction of the arm will make the patient bring the hand / arm toward the body. Any Neurosurgeon of any ability can take one look at a patient with this problem and make a cursory diagnosis without the aid of pictures. The problem doesn't have to be caused by injury, though Whiplash injuries, even those which happened years earlier, do contribute to, or are the direct cause of the problem In my own case no cause was ever determined, though I do have a spinal disease. I simply awoke one Saturday morning with pain in my shoulder and arm that didn't go away. I nearly lost the use of my left arm due to an initial misdiagnosis. Even sleeping wrong and putting pressure on that area of the cervical spine can result in herniation there. As I said, a Neurosurgeon, whether you need surgery or not, is the best qualified person for a proper diagnosis. Aside from Lumbar problems, Cervical disk issues are the top problems they deal with daily. It's also important that if it IS a disk problem, that it be verified and the cause determined, as well as any long term prognosis. Do not take one doctor's word either - that mistake can get you killed, or worse. Only an MRI or CT/Myelogram can determine if a disk is the cause of the pain.
This may be due to extresive excersises. If you have been stretching a lot lately, you may have been overworking your muscles, try taking it easy next time you're working out.… Your neck may be swollen due to the swelling of lymph glands, which may mean you have mono. If so, see a doctor. They might also be calcium deposits. The lower back pain could be a result of a number of things. If you are a girl, your period could be starting soon. You may have been standing up for a long time. If you have numbness, or loose control of your bladder, this could be very serious, so see a physician. This could mean herniation to one or more areas of the spine. Feel better! I hope this helped.
burning pain on left side of lower back
If you have those 2 symptoms together you should see a doctor. You could have a blockage in your intestine or bowel.
There can be a number of reasons for pain in lower left side below ribs. The most common reasons are: Heartburn or acid reflux, spleen irritation, gas in the colon, costoc…hondritis, broken rib, stomach ulcers.
Yes it can depending on where the endo implanted itself...i had endo behind my uterus and on my left ovary pretty bad and had all sorts of pains..pain in left lower back… which got very severe when i had my cycle,pain in my lower abdomen along with burning feeling,very heavy periods that lasted anywhere from 7-18 days,mood swings bad,patience levels dropped etc endo hurts i know that much.I just had a laparoscopy,hysteroscopy and a D&C almost 2 weeks ago due to this..good luck with everything and make sure u get checked and dont let dr's tell u nothing is wrong because they did to me first looked at me like i was dirt because they thought i had an STD they ran all the tests and everything of course came back negative but for about 9 months i went through hell until i found a great dr who automatically wanted me to go in for these surgeries which im VERY thankful for because i had it pretty bad and ultrasounds didnt show it so FYI get yourself a very good dr and do not ever rely on planned parenthood that was my mistake because they were the only place i could afford to go to...
If the pain is stabbing and intense, and radiates, it's consistent with nerve compression pain caused by either a bulging disk or a disk that's fully herniated. If the p…ain goes down the back of your legs, it's the Sciatic nerve being compressed by the L4/5 or L5/S1 disk; if the pain stops at the inside of the knee, it's the L3/4 disk nerve being compressed. Regardless, the treatment is the same - get off your feet, and lie down. Sitting is out as it also puts pressure on the lower spine. If it lasts in its intensity for more than 3 days, you'll probably require an Epidural or Facet Injection (local or targeted steroid injections to reduce inflammation) so that the disk can retract and heal. However, be aware that for most, the shots and resulting pain are as bad or worse than the pain it's intended to deal with. In the years when I still got benefit from shots, it generally took 2 or 3 days for the pain from the injection to subside. Muscle spasms caused by the pain of the nerve compression adds to the problem, and is the reason muscle relaxers are commonly prescribed. As the muscles / tendons contract during pain spasms, the area around the nerve becomes tighter, increasing the nerve compression and subsequently the pain. It's a vicious cycle. As I said, pain lasting in intensity for more than 2 or 3 days needs to be checked by a doctor. The severity of the pain also can give you an indication of just how bad the problem is - if you can walk without support (cane, etc.) then it's not that bad, but still should be checked anyway. If you can walk but need support, then it's more serious and you should hve it checked immediately.
yes it could, but just to be sure go and see your doctor
try stretching the pelvis: lie on your back bring the front of your leg (quad) up towards you using your hands cross fingered and placed behind your knee. bring it gently …to towards your chest until your feel a slight stretch. Now while it this position, put your clasped hands in front of the knee and gently push your knee away in the opposite direction to the stretch before. and hold (you should feel a discomfort where your leg joins your bum on the inside leg) repeat this alternation 5 times each and do it 1 or 2 times a day. comment here if it helps!
What can cause lower back pain and a small piercing pain on the left side of your stomach that you have had for a month?
It is NOT appendicitis - if it were you wouldn't be able to submit the question because you'd be dead from a ruptured appendix after a few days, so dis…regard the previous answer. The most likely cause is a disk herniation in the lower lumbar area. Disk nerve compression frequently causes pain that radiates into the stomach and side tissue. Depending on the location of the disk and severity of the problem, you may even feel pain and pressure in the groin area. It is extremely uncomfortable and painful. You may also have pain radiatingi into your thigh, knee, side of the leg, small of the back off-center of the spine itself, or pain down the back of your legs. If you work in a profession where lifting is frequent, the constant aggravation prevents it from healing properly. Back muscle spasms can also cause the same thing, but the pain is less likely to radiate into posterior tissue. There are some OTC meds you can use to reduce inflammation, but you should get to your doctor. Untreated, disk herniations can lead to long-term serious mobility problems. Having endured 20+ years of them and 3 spinal surgeries, trust me when I say get it looked at - soon. OTC meds - Bayer Back and Body Aspirin: Tylenol Rapid Release gel-tabs Online Resource: American Pain Foundation - http://www.painfoundation.org there is NO most likely in this type of description it could be anything a cyst which is common in alot of people i have had a few it feels kind of tight and painfull if you move the wrong way can cause back pain etc you may feel it burst at one point which is very very painful and after it bursts it will be soar, but again there is no most likely it could also be infection it could be disk herniation i suggest you go see a doctor if the pain gets worse or seems to be un bearable It could be appendicitis - which you may want to get checked ASAP because you don't want your appendix to burst...
Anything going on in the left side, is always a good reason for concern that where your heart is. If its sharp pain, located front & center in your chest, or takes your breath… away, get to a Dr or emergency room & have it checked out. If the pain is low & in the back just above the belt line, It could be your kidneys. If you drink a lot of tea, coffee or soda & no water, just stop those for a few days & drink only & lots of water for 2 days & see if that flushes the kidneys. That is very common, specially in young people.
You get back pain caused by stress. if you are going through tough times in your family , at work or school ,etc..... It is likely being centered there and is putting stress i…n that certain area. believe it or not it can also be caused by sensitivities to certain foods. it can come with symptoms such as vomiting. it can also be because your back is misaligned. New answer: Muscle stress causes back pain and it can be one-sided. Muscles get stressed from over-use or under-use or from poor habits. For example, a poor habit might be always leaning to the same side with the same foot curled under your body. You might also have scoliosis or curvature of the spine. But it usually has a cause and the cause is most often treatable. Sometimes it is caused by bones that aren't perfectly shaped or a short leg or a pelvic bone that is smaller on one side than the other. It can also be caused by poor habits, like leaning to the same side when you watch tv. The muscles in the front of your body can also 'refer' pain to the back of your body.
If the pain is sharp, and traces down the left side of the spine to the lower back, across the waist and hip, across the top of the thigh and down the inner knee, the problem …is the L3/L4 disk pressing on the spinal nerve at that point. It typically sharp at the mid and lower back, and burning as it travels further, though it will occasionally be sharp all the time too. You can literally trace the nerve pathway with your finger by following the pain if it's bad enough. ---- I have this pain at the moment, I had it several years ago and it lasted for months I had a gluten intollerance test and it told me that I was intollerant to gluten, I cut out gliuten and within 2 wekd it had gone, its now come back although I dont eat anything with gluten in it. I cannot understand why the pain goes into my left lower back and left leg...anyone else get this ?
Yes! I have had lower back pain for aobut 6 years, every time I drink. I have been for all sorts of tests and everything is fine...I think it is my kidneys working overtime...…scary stuff I am trying to stop drinking.