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Back Pain: What It Is Telling You

I am quite sure that most of you have experienced back pain for a number of times in the past as a result of doing strenuous work that involves bending, pulling or lifting. I also have suffered from this type of pain after sitting down for several hours straight.

Back pain is a fairly common problem. However, there are cases where it masks the symptoms of a serious disease. I have read a number of books and resources online focusing on some of the serious diseases that come with back pain as its symptoms. Next time you experience back pain, it is important to ask yourself whether the kind of pain you have is still normal or is already a condition that needs to be checked by your health care provider.

Pain in different parts of the back such as left or right side back pain, middle back pain or lower back pain may indicate a certain type of underlying condition.

Middle Back Pain

Symptoms:

  • Severe pain in the middle back which can be intermittent or consistent
  • Pain in the groin and abdomen
  • Pain in urinating
  • Blood in the urine

One of the more probable causes for this type of back pain is kidney stones. When the urine becomes too concentrated, waste products in the urine can build up and form stone-like crystals which can be hard and painful to pass. Men are more at risk of this condition especially if they are obese.

Treatment

Certain types of stones especially the smaller ones can be excreted in the urine even without treatment. However, larger ones may need to be broken down with laser, shock waves or certain medications.

Back and Abdominal Pain

Symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain that extends to the back, causing sudden mild to severe pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain that worsens while eating

This type of back pain may be caused by an inflammation in the pancreas, otherwise known as pancreatitis. The associated pain may last for a week, while chronic inflammation may persist for years. Pancreatitis is more common among middle-aged as well as elderly people. Heavy drinkers are also often affected with this condition.

Treatment

If the patient is alcoholic, the initial treatment normally involves avoiding any alcoholic drinks before a series of treatment can be started. Patients may be given medication for pain relief as well as intravenous fluid and oxygen.

Back and Shoulder Pain

Symptoms:

  • Pain on the right side of the abdomen, under the rib which radiates to the back
  • Nausea
  • Pain when inhaling
  • Arm pain

Patients who manifest the above symptoms may be suffering from gallstones or inflamed gallbladder. The pain may be constant or intermittent and may vary in severity from sharp to dull pain. The pain is also normally felt during night time especially after meals.

Treatment

If the cause of the pain is gallstones, surgery can help remove them. In case of inflammation, the condition is normally treated with certain medications.

There are many other conditions that can cause back pain aside from those listed above. It would be good to be aware that such underlying conditions exist and that you can identify them through their different symptoms.