Are you suffering from lower back pain? Did you know that in some cases, lower back pain is not just a condition, but rather a symptom of some other problem? There are many medical conditions that can be the cause of back pain!
Lower Back Pain is a very common condition in America, affecting up to 90 percent of Americans at some point of time in their lives. Lower back pain is commonly caused by injuries to the lower back, including the spine, or muscles of the lower back. However, most people do not realize that there can be other graver causes of lower back pain … causes which require immediate medical attention.
We bring you some of the causes right here:
1. Sports Hernia is usually found in athletes. It happens when some abdominal muscle or tendon along the abdominal wall weakens, causing a hernia. Typically it has other symptoms too. They are pain in the lower abdomen, pain in the groin and/or testicles. Like other hernias, the symptoms may worsen with coughing or sneezing. Initially resting, ice-treatment, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory pain medication are tried. But thereafter, surgery is the only option.
2. Degenerative or Herniated discs, or spinal stenosis all cause some deformity in the vertebrae which pinch nerves and cause pain to radiate out into your lower back. Cauda Equina Syndrome is a similar condition and is considered a medical emergency. Cauda Equina Syndrome would also cause loss of sensation in the lower body and loss of bladder control. It needs to be assessed by a doctor at the earliest.
3. Stones in the kidney can cause back pain. Also traumatic bleeding of the kidney, known as hematoma, can cause pain. The methods of detection include ultra-sound scans of the kidney or urine analysis. The pain is usually sharp, affecting the lower back. It may be accompanied with other symptoms like nausea or vomiting, inability to be comfortable in any position, blood in the urine, or a frequent urge to urinate. Hematoma or injury can lead to infection, and should not be ignored.
4. Ovary Problems like ovarian cysts, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids. The pain usually manifests itself as a dull ache in the lower back. Other symptoms include pain or bloating in the abdomen, weight gain, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, difficulty urinating, painful menstruation and abnormal bleeding. If any of these symptoms are also noticed, then it can be an ovarian cyst or uterine fibroids and you must consult a doctor at the earliest. Do not take this lightly, as ovarian cysts or fibroids can also indicate malignancy!
So, if you have experienced any of these symptoms together with or prior to lower back pain, consult your doctor. After all, if detected early enough, almost all conditions can be treated by the experts so that your quality of life is not affected!