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Back Pain In the Lower Left Side? These Are The Common Causes

There are many types of back pain with many different causes.  Chances are if you’ve been to a doctor, hospital or chiropractor they have had difficulty in diagnosing the problem.  Perhaps you’ve had X-rays taken and other tests as well as taken drugs to ease the pain but you were not cured. 

Possible causes of back pain involving the lower left side indicate intestinal problems of some sort possibly including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), muscle imbalance, kidney stones, excessive or improper exercise, lifting objects that are too heavy, pregnancy, obesity or an improperly aligned spine such as a herniated disc.

With IBS, you may experience bouts of diarrhea and vomiting due to certain foods you may have eaten that you may be allergic to such as gluten in wheat or rye.  Chances are your doctor will tell you to remove gluten from your diet, which should bring some relief.  There are no cures for IBS which also includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis but it can be managed.  In some cases Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis have come about due to some prescription medication you have taken such as Fosamax.  Fosamax is used to treat osteoporosis in women and men as well as Paget’s disease.

Kidney stones are a common cause of lower left back pain.  Chances are you will experience difficulty urinating and possibly have blood in your urine.  Your doctor will have no problem diagnosing his problem.  Depending exactly where your stones are and how big they are, your doctor will determine how to get rid of them.  Sometimes it is just a matter of letting them pass through your system.  Laser technologies have been used to blast these stones into smaller pieces, which will pass through your system as well.

A muscle imbalance can also cause lower left back pain.  There are many causes including a pulled muscle.  This can generate pain in other parts of the body as well including spinal pain and intestinal pain.  You may experience pain on the opposite side of your back because your right side is working harder to take over lost function from your left.  Sometimes muscle relaxers and pain killers are prescribed to allow you to do certain exercises that aid in recovery of the damaged muscle.  If the damage is serious, you may require surgery.  Alternating hot and cold compresses are recommended to keep inflammation down and allow for good blood circulation for a faster recovery.  Lower left back pain will remain until your muscles return to normal.

Pregnancy is another cause of lower left back pain.  As the fetus develops it gets bigger and bigger causing the uterus to expand shifting your center of gravity not to mention weakening of the stomach muscles.  This puts tremendous strain on your lower back.  Remember, you are also carrying around extra weight from the fetus plus any weight you are gaining.  This increase in body mass may begin pinching nerves which will cause pain as well.  I’m afraid the only cure here is delivery and that you will have to wait for.  Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs may bring some relief in the mean time.

Many back problems can be avoided if you maintain proper weight and exercise regularly.  Be careful how you pick up heavy objects and make sure you do your exercises properly.  Back problems can start out small but if ignored can become a serious issue. 

Make sure to:-

– See your doctor if your pain lasts for more than a few days. It’s important to get a diagnosis as soon as possible so that you can begin on any therapy that will help you.

Most people are not aware:-

– There are Back Pain Management courses available online that have been approved and endorsed by medical professionals. At http://scoliosisofthespine.org/ there is a detailed review of one of these courses from The Healthy Back Institute.There is also a Free Back Pain Management reference manual to help you start working for a healthier back Today.

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