Lower Back Pain Left Side

Do you have lower back pain? Do you know what the causes of this might be? Let’s explore it.

Last Updated Jun 22, 2013.

What might be the causes of lower back pain left side that does not radiate to the right side of the body?

It is important to know if the pain is localized or if it radiates down the leg. This might change the diagnosis drastically.

With any back pain it is often difficult to discern where the pain actually originates or to explain how it feels to your physician. Even with that it is still important to be able to describe it as clearly and accurately as possible.

Some of the simpler and less chronic causes might include a kidney infection or muscle spasms from over exercising.  A kidney infection might not be life threatening in and of itself but it can be extremely painful. Don’t ignore it when a simple antibiotic will fix it.

Back pain can be sharp, dull or debilitating. The intensity of the pain can tell your physician a lot about the possible causes. It can be chronic or it can be acute.

Believe it or not lower back pain left side can be symptomatic of cardiac issues. Cardiac? Lower back pain can mean I have a heart problem? Yes it sounds counterintuitive but it is true. It is especially true if this pain arises when taking deep breaths. So check this out right away if it occurs during breathing. If it does not occur during breathing then you could have other causes.

The cause most people think of right away is either a herniated or ruptured disc. This is commonly known as a “slipped disc” although it is actually bulging not “slipped”. This condition can cause excruciating pain that radiates quite often to the hips, pelvis and down the leg. Just remember it does not have to radiate to be a disc problem.

Pain in lower left side of back might also be caused by pregnancy in women. This would not usually be the cause of concern. Uterus expansion is what causes this pain as it puts strain on the lower back and presses on a nerve. Still this is only one of the many causes of this type of pain.

This pain is one of the most common causes for missed work as about seventeen million work days per year are lost to this in the United States. One of the most common causes is arthritis of the spine and there are many types.

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Spondylolysis, Degenerative Disc Disease, spondylolisthesis, stenosis, inflammatory arthritis and tumors can all cause this. It is very important to check it out with your doctor when you have any kind of back pain.

It is particularly important with this type of back pain. You might be dealing with something that can be fixed easily. You might be dealing with a serious condition. Therefore all lower back pain left side should be checked out.

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