Pains are nothing but painful; and lower back pains could be very unbearable to live with. It does not matter whether you are a teenager or you are an adult, back pains are often terrible and when you have such a case in your family, it is nothing short of pain to all concerned. It must be noted right here and now that back pains are not just indicative of pains in the back, they could also be the symptoms of other diseases as well. That is why you must never take your lower back pain symptoms lying low, you must visit the hospital to diagnose the condition and get to the roots of the matter for permanent relief. Lower back pain symptoms are not that difficult to know, but this article will show you some more signs of the body that could help you know what ails you. What then are the lower back pain symptoms to watch out for before one knows he has mild or severe lower back pains condition? Continue reading
Lower back pain may be felt not only in the back but also be manifested in your leg – radiating from the front, side or spreading to the back part of your leg, becoming worse as you carry out your daily activities. You may even feel some numbness in the part of your leg that does not receive enough blood flow because of a pinched nerve in your lower back. This condition may prevent you from plantar flexing your foot or raising your big toe upward indicating that there is a problem in the fifth lumbar vertebra.
Low back pain is said to be second only to the common cold as a major cause of absenteeism at the workplace, affecting up to 90% of American adults at some point in their lives. Doctors report that lower back pain is also one of the most common neurologic complaints, second only to headaches, why people visit a doctor’s office or rush to hospital emergency rooms. Americans spend more than $50 billion a year on medications for lower back pain. More than half of the adult population will have more than one episode in their lifetime.
It must be noted, however, that lower back pain is not a particular disease but is rather an indication of a problem in the general area. The pain is called “acute” when it is felt for less than a month and “chronic” when it lasts for a longer period of time. Very often, even with a thorough medical testing, the cause of lower back pain is not easy to pinpoint. There may even be certain episodes when the lower back pain symptoms will improve within two months, the pain going away by itself even if no treatment is given.
Lower back pain may be a symptom of a problem in the lower back or be caused by disease or injury to the muscles, bones, and/or nerves of the spine. The lower back pain may also be caused by some abnormalities in the body organs located in the general area of the abdomen, pelvis, or chest. The patient may be suffering from certain disorders such as appendicitis or aneurysms or may have infections of the kidneys, bladder, pelvis or the ovary. A woman may experience lower back pain often during the period of her pregnancy because the ligaments within the pelvis are stretched too much due to the extra weight in the abdomen, causing the nerves to become irritated and straining the lower back muscles in the process.
Another lower back pain symptom is when a nerve root in the lower back area is impinged, that is, when a nerve between the lower back vertebral bones is herniated. The medical condition called “sciatica” is an example of nerve root impingement. Usually the pain starts in the buttocks and goes down the back of the leg as far as the ankle or foot, producing sharp stabbing pain. The patient may also feel some numbness in the leg area.
As people grow older, the spinal discs grow thinner and degenerate evolving into a condition called “herniated discs.” This happens when the jellylike central portion of the discs in the vertebra pop out of the central cavity, pushing against a nerve root and causing the lower back pain. One-third of adults older than 20 years of age may develop herniated discs but only 3% of these will experience lower back pain as a symptom of nerve impingement.