By John Wasson, (Physician); et al
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CAUSE WHAT IS IT? TYPICAL SYMPTOMS Muscle strain Injury to muscles Muscle spasms near the spine, pain does not move to the legs, often begins after lifting Spinal fracture A break in one of the bones of the spine, called vertebrae Severe, persistent pain, tenderness, often the result of back injury or fall Osteomyelitis Bone infection Constant and progressive back pain lasting several weeks, may be history of recent infection Osteoarthritis The most common form of arthritis, or inflammation of the joints Limited range of motion of the spine, often accompanied by pain in other joints, more common in the elderly Ankylosing spondylitis Arthritis affecting the spine Stiffness, lower back pain, reduced flexibility in the spine, more common in young men Shingles Re-activation of the virus that causes chicken pox; more common in the elderly who have had chicken pox Painful skin sores Peptic ulcer Severe irritation of the stomach lining Abdominal pain or tenderness, pain in the mid-back region, sometimes relieved by antacids BACK PAIN 15 WHAT CAN CAUSE BACK PAIN, AND WHAT IS TYPICAL FOR EACH CAUSE?
CAUSE WHAT IS IT? TYPICAL SYMPTOMS Hemorrhoids Swollen blood vessels in the anus or rectum Pain, bleeding, possibly a mass of smooth, bluish tissue Dermatitis Skin inflammation near the anus, a result of infection or scratching Itching, anal area may be red, moist, blistery, and crusty Fissures or fistulae Tears in the tissue lining the anus (fissures) or holes (fistulae) Anal tenderness, pain with bowel movements, itching, burning, constipation, discharge Proctalgia Sharp pain in the rectum Recurrent, intermittent pain in the rectum lasting at least 20 minutes Perirectal abscess Collection of pus as a result of an infection Extreme throbbing pain Prostatitis Inflammation within the prostate Changes in urination, lower abdominal pain Intestinal parasite Infection with organisms such as pinworms, hookworms, or tapeworms Itching, worms in vomit or bowel movements, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort Cancer An abnormal growth of cells, may begin as a benign growth (polyp) Blood in stools, changes in habits related to bowel movements Back Pain What it feels like: stiffness and pain centered anywhere in the back, sometimes radiating into the legs or buttocks, and possibly originating after heavy lifting or injury.
Your doctor will want to know if your back pain began after a back injury or fall, and the precise location of the pain. Your doctor will want to know if you or anyone in your family has had any of these conditions: cancer, recent surgery, spinal fracture. Your doctor will want to know if you’re taking any regular medications, particularly steroids or anticoagulants. Your doctor will do a physical examination including the following: pushing on your abdomen, listening to your abdomen with 13 Copyright © 2004 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A-z common symptom answer guide by John Wasson, (Physician); et al