Backache Information

Health condition


Pain felt in your lower back may come from the spine, muscles, nerves, or other structures in that region of your back. It may also radiate from other areas like your mid or upper back, a hernia in the groin, or a problem in the testicles or ovaries.

You may feel a variety of symptoms if you hurt your back. You may have a tingling or burning sensation, a dull aching, or sharp pain. You also may experience weakness in your legs or feet.

It won't necessarily be one event that actually causes your pain. You may have been doing many things improperly like standing, sitting, or lifting, for a long time. Then suddenly, one simple movement, like reaching for something in the shower or bending from your waist, leads to the acute feeling of pain.

Most of the time, you first feel back pain just after you lift a heavy object, move in a sudden, abrupt manner, sit in a particular position for a long period of time, or suffer an injury (for example, a fall or a car accident). But prior to that moment in time, the structures in your back may be losing strength or integrity.

The specific structure in your back responsible for your pain is hardly ever identified. Whether identified or not, there are several possible sources of low back pain:

· Small fractures to the spine from osteoporosis
· Muscle spasm (very tense muscles that remain contracted)
· Ruptured or herniated disk
· Degeneration of the disks
· Poor alignment of the vertebrae
· Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
· Strain or tears to the muscles or ligaments supporting the back
· Spine curvatures (like scoliosis or kyphosis) which may be inherited and seen in children or teens
· Other medical conditions like fibromyalgia

Low back pain from any cause usually involves spasms of the large, supportive muscles alongside the spine. The muscle spasm and stiffness accompanying back pain can feel particularly uncomfortable.

Back pain from organs in the pelvis or elsewhere include:

· Bladder infection
· Kidney stone
· Endometriosis
· Ovarian cancer
· Ovarian cysts
· Testicular torsion (twisted testicle)

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