Symptoms of Back pain

Back Pain Symptoms, Causes and Treatment 

 

Back pain is very common, and it usually gets better on its own within months or weeks. People experience back pain at some point in their life. Moreover, normally it does not need medical treatment.

Taking rest and over the counter medicines can help to make you feel the pain less. But if you think that your pain is getting worse and it is not going away, our doctors are there to help you with possible treatment.

Are some people more susceptible to back pain?

Back pain can affect people at any stage of life. However, as you get older, the possibility of back pain increases due to daily wear and tear.

If you have suffered from any injury or strain, or if there is any pre-existing condition, such as for overweight, fibromyalgia, these can contribute to your back pain.

Similarly, people who work in sedentary positions, like on desk, they are more likely to develop back pain. You can also hurt your back, if you exercise without warm-up, or if you participate in high impact sports. We will discuss more causes of the back pain further.

Symptoms of Back pain

The symptoms will depend on what is causing back pain and where it is located in your back. The back pain may occur suddenly, or it may also take time. However, the intensity of the pain differs, it may be a dull ache or it may be very painful. Moreover, the back pain gets worse when you change your position or when you move. Laying down flat on the floor can help in getting rid of it.

Types of Back pain

Lumbago

It is a pain in the lower back, which can change its form from mild to severe. This pain may occur quickly or it can also take time in developing. It prevails among younger people who work in offices, or even in the elderly. This pain gets better on its own, but sometimes it gets severe.

Middle and Upper and Back pain

This pain is less common than lumbago, but it can be caused by strain or overuse of muscles. Your posture can also be a factor that can cause pain. However, it can be a sign of some other condition as well. Yet again, this usually gets better on own, but if it does not get better or you are worried about it; you can get a consultation from the doctor.

What back pain can be a symptom of?

As it is already mentioned, you may suffer from back pain due to various reasons. The back pain is usually nothing serious or to get worried about. Moreover, it clears up without the medical treatment. But sometime the back pain could be a result of underlying issues, which includes:

Bulging/ Slipped / ruptured disc / herniated

The disc of cartilage between the bones in your spine may slip out of place, herniate, rupture or bulge. This may put pressure on the nerve in back, which caused pain. A slipped disc is usually treated with physiotherapy and pain medication.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

It is a type of arthritis that causes the spine’s vertebrae to fuse together, that limits the movement and causes a rigid spine

Kidney stones/ Kidney infection

Pain that occurs in the back at the waist level, where kidneys are, could be caused by urinary tract infection, kidney stones or kidney infection. This causes pain on the right or left the side of the back.

Sciatica

It happens when the nerve that runs from pelvis to the feet becomes irritated. You might experience back pain, numbness, or tingling in the bottom, groin area or leg.

Osteoporosis

In osteoporosis, you experience loss in the density of bones and thinning of bones, which can cause fractures and severe pain.

Bacterial or Fungal or infection in Spine

This might include tuberculosis, E.coli or staphylococcus.

Tumour or a Cancer

In rare cases, back pain can be a symptom of cancer or a tumour (non-malignant)

Pregnancy

Lower back pain causes to women, could be an attribute of pregnancy. As the baby gets bigger, you are more likely to experience back pain.