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Which condition also known as low back pain is pain in the lumbar region?
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usually not that painfull but as always in pain, it depends a bit on the patients pain perception (women feel less pain to give an example, but we all have different lev…els of pain "awareness") and it also depends on the experience of the doctor performing the procedure. Sometimes you can get a lidocaine (xilocaine) injection first on the site of the puncture, to anesthetize the area a little, though this is not "necessary". I have had patients that feel amazed at the end of the procedure how easy it was on them, but some other have felt more pain than what I expected. All in all, I wouldn't feel so frightened about a lumbar puncture since it is the same needle thick we used to draw out blood. It is the thickness of the needle that it is important, pain-wise, not the length of it. Of course the skin on the back is more sensitive than your arm's but still, I think its a nice remark. Some patients may feel like a needle was inserted on their thighs when the puncture is being done, nothing too painful, just like a little sting on the leg.
The word "stenosis" is Greek, and it means "a narrowing or constricting space" or "chocking." From a medical standpoint, spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing or constrictin…g at some point within the spine where the spinal cord and nerve roots are located. The constriction or pressure that is applied because the space is narrow causes the spine to be pressed on or chocked, and eventually irritated. When this occurs in the low back or lumbar region of the spine it is called lumbar spinal stenosis. This is the most common location of spinal stenosis, with only a small amount of cervical (neck) spinal stenosis by comparison. When lumbar spinal stenosis occurs it is usually as a result of osteoarthritis. The disc thinning, spur formation, thickening of nearby ligaments and almost constant inflammation that are related to osteoarthritis reduce the space available for the spinal cord and spinal nerves, causing secondary inflammation and pain in the low back. In addition it can also cause sciatic neuritis pain in the leg or legs.
The pain you're describing is typical of a disk herniation at the L3/L4 disk. This can be confirmed through an MRI or CT, but the symptoms are pretty identifiable: sharp, stab…bing pain at the lower/mid back region, that follows down the side of the spine, across the waist and hip, across the left or right thigh, and stopping at the inside of the knee. If the pain goes down the back of the leg, then the disk involved is usually the L4/L5 or S1 disks. The reason the pain travels down the leg is that the nerve is being compressed by the disk herniation, which is when the disk bursts through its protective membrane at weak spot. The pain travels down the nerve pathway, which is how you can tell which disk is being affected. Many things can cause a disk herniation - it can be something as traumatic as an accident, or something as simple as bending over to pick up a pencil off of the floor. While the membrane will eventually heal, it will always be a weak spot and prone to being herniated again. Any kind of pain like that lasting more than a week should be looked at by a doctor, preferably a neurosurgeon (stay away from orthopedists - they know jack about dealing with spinal nerves), to get an MRI or CT done to confirm the problem. If the herniation is bad enough, it will also cause muscle spasms, which feel like sharp, shooting pains in the area of herniation. The normal treatment is anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants and bedrest - getting pressure off of the spine is the most important thing in getting it to heal. Do not sleep on your stomach, and if you do on your back make sure your legs are elevated enough to get pressure off the lower back. The best position is on your side in a fetal position, with a large pillow or cushion between your legs/knees to get pressure off of the hips/lower spine. It takes time to heal - in the days when I still had those disks I sometimes spent as long as a month or more on my back healing up. Doing nothing is a bad idea, regardless of whatever responsibilities you may have. If you don't deal with it, the chances of real long term damage are probable, and if you think you're in pain now, then you'll learn a whole new range of definitions for pain. I've added some links below to some good pain and spine sites - check them out and find yourself a good doctor to deal with it. The longer you let it go, the worse it will be and harder to treat later on. Don't let anyone talk you into surgery unless you're at the point where you're facing a wheelchair either.
It depends on where the pain goes down the leg; if it's a sharp nerve pain all the way down to the heel, it's the sciatic nerve. If it's across the thigh and stops at the insi…de knee, it's the disk at the L3-L4 vertebrae. Use the Interactive Spinal Chart (link below) to help you determine the most likely disk that's causing you problems.
Diseases of the Intervertebral Disc producing Backache.
Chronic strain on the muscles of the lower back may be caused by obesity; pregnancy; or job-related stooping, bending, or other stressful postures.
Answer It may have something to do with your kidneys. They are located near your lower back and involved in urinary production. Answer Lower back pain whi…le urinating could be a symptom of a problem particular to the kidneys. See a doctor immediately. It can be something easily taken care of, however if you wait it could turn out to be something much more difficult to cure. Early detection is critical. Most physical problems can be dealt with easily when immediately tended to.
I am a physical therapist. Unfortunately as there is not one cause of low back pain there is not one "magic bullet" for back pain. One recommendation can be to start using ice…. Apply ice to the low back for 10 to 15 minutes a few times a day. Avoid any activity that is aggravating. If the pain continues, got to a doctor how specializes in the low back. This way you will get an accurate diagnosis for your specific type of low back problem. For more information about low back conditions and treatment recommendations, visit the link listed under related links. Here you'll find information on both low back conditions and specific treatment recommendations based on the various low back conditions. _______________________ There are many recommendations available for the treatment of low back pain, dependent on who you talk to. The above poster is correct in that the optimal treatment usually varies from person to person as there are many causes of back pain, and everyone seems to respond individually to different therapies. The best recommendation I could give someone with low back pain that is not getting better as fast as one would like is to visit your local health care provider who specializes in back care (eg: doctor of chiropractic, doctor of osteopathy, doctor of physiatry, orthopedic surgeon, etc.). A very thorough set of guidlines for the treatment of low back pain was released by the American College of Physicians in 2007 entitled: Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Joint Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society (Ann Intern Med. 2007;147:478-491). Anyone who reads these recommendations would note that there are many options for therapy, the key is to find one that works for you. A very brief summary of the treatment recommendations of nonspecific or uncomplicated low back pain are: Consider the use of drugs like NSAIDS in addition to the use of spinal manipulation, intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation, exercise therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or progressive relaxation. A more comprehensive summary is: Recommendation 1: Patients with low back pain should be categorized into 3 broad categories:nonspecific low back pain, back pain potentially associated with radiculopathy or spinal stenosis, or back pain potentially associated with another specific spinal cause. Recommendation 2: Special imaging (x-ray, MRI, CT) should not be routinely performed for patients with nonspecific low back pain. Recommendation 3: Special imaging and testing should be performed for patients with low back pain when severe or progressive neurologic deficits are present or when serious underlying conditions are suspected. Recommendation 4: Special imaging and testing should be performed for patients with persistent low back pain when they are good potential candidates for surgery. Recommendation 5: Clinicians should provide patients with good evidence-based information. Recommendation 6: For patients with low back pain, clinicians should consider the use of acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (after consideration of the risks) in addition to back care information and self-care (exercise and stretching). Recommendation 7: For patients who do not improve with selfcare options (exercise and stretching), clinicians should consider the addition of spinal manipulation (for chronic or subacute low back pain), intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation, exercise therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or progressive relaxation.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that causes chronic pain in the back.
in your spine at the lower back
Here are a variety of opinions: Have someone massage it with ICY HOT. You you can use a belt to support and ease the pain. A TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimula…tion) machine is excellent. That works so well for me every time. My preprogrammed TENS machine is about the size of a mobile telephone and it's battery operated. I can even use it when I'm working or out and about. The best type is a preprogrammed one. I don't think some people get the same results with the ones that are not preprogrammed. See Sources and Related Links for more information about TENS machines in general.
lumbago I believe Some people call it sacroiliac joint.
Lower back pain is not a disease, so it doesn't have a cure. However, some remedies to the problem are painkillers, massage, use of magnetic and heat/cold treatments.
Depending on the age of the person and type of pain involved (sharp, burning, dull, aching, etc.) the usual causes are either muscular, disk related, or arthritis related, or …a combination. Another cause is Kidney Stones, but those are usually pretty obvious, as the patient is usually in so much pain they need to be treated at an ER or hospitalized, depending on the severity. Dull, aching pain is usually muscular in nature; sharp, stabbing, needle like pain that you can feel radiating down a leg or across the waist is an indication of a disk pressing on a nerve - the path of the pain is the nerve pathway, and specific nerve paths will tell you which disk is involved. Burning pain can be both nerve or muscle/ligament related. Disk pain can also trigger muscle spasms in the surrounding tissue area - the disk presses on a nerve, which becomes inflamed, along with the tissue around it causing the spasms. This is why a muscle relaxant like Flexeril is generally prescribed for disk problems as well as anti-inflammatories and/or a painkiller. You can research more at the American Pain Foundation website as well - http://www.painfoundation.org
Sounds like a bad disc in your back. I would see a Dr. if it herniates it is really horrible. I had this a few months ago.
There are many different ways to treat low back pain. Acupuncture is a common and highly regarded method, massage therapy is also very good. It is always wise to see a profess…ional when dealing with back pain, a chiropractor who specialises in back pain for example. Other methods include, vitamin d, yoga, magnesium and anti inflammatory herbs.