Left Side Back Pain

Back pain can be caused by injury, disease, or even lifestyle. We will look more closely at some causes in each category.

Last Updated Jun 22, 2013.

How can your lifestyle cause left side back pain? The easy answer is if you have an extremely active, sports oriented lifestyle you might have issues with your back.

You might have pulled or overworked muscles both in your back and also in your legs or hips that radiate to your back.

Nine out of every ten people will experience back pain at some point in their life. Most of the time this will be lifestyle issues or injuries, but it will not be a disease.

Any type of an inflammation or nerve irritation in the upper, middle or lower back can be extremely painful. This can come from organs, muscles, discs, bones, ligaments or even a tumor.

Diagnosing the cause of this pain can be very difficult. It is easy to cause an injury to the discs in your spinal cord. What is often called a “slipped disc” is in medical terms either a herniated or ruptured disc.

One can cause a disc issue just by turning and bending at the waist without it being an extreme movement. You can injure your discs in a rear end car accident, in a fall, or playing sports. Anyone at anytime can have a herniated or ruptured disc.

There are many other reasons for this left side back pain. This might include posture, muscle strain, pancreatitis, kidney stones, and gastroenteritis. Wrong posture can be caused by standing, sitting or sleeping wrong.

Muscle strains can be caused by exercise, sports, or any other activity. Pancreatitis on the other hand is an inflammation of the pancreas. This pain is usually in the upper part of the back. Pancreatitis can be a very serious condition so one should pay attention to it.

Kidney stones are particularly painful causes of back pain. With kidneys on both sides of the body, the pain can occur on either side. Pain from a kidney stone radiates up to the back and down to the abdomen. This pain is severe and can last up to sixty minutes at a time. Most people will seek immediate medical attention for this kind of pain.

Then there is the issue of gastroenteritis which again is an inflammation. Usually inflammation is a symptom not a disease. Pain in left side of back can be caused by an inflammation of the gall bladder caused by gall stones or a diseased gall bladder.

Gastroenteritis on the other hand is a viral issue. It can go by the names of gastric flu, stomach flu or gastro virus.  The symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal and back pain. This flu also causes extreme dehydration, but it is not a serious condition.

So as you can see there are a myriad of causes for left side back pain. Some of which are serious and some of which are not. It is important to check it out so that it does not get worse.

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