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   Back Pain
 
Definition:
Pain in the upper back, lower back.
 
Medical terms related to back pain :
Backache, Low back pain, Lumbar pain
 
Common causes of back pain: 
o Sprain (Ligament Injury)
o Strain (Muscle Injury)
o Muscle Spasm
o Pregnancy
o Coccydynia
o Degenerative Disc Disease and Sciatica
o Endometriosis
o Fibromyalgia
o Fracture Of Bone
o Kidney Stones
o Osteoarthritis
o Paget's Disease
o Pancreatic Cancer
o Scoliosis
o Reactive Arthritis
o Sciatica
o Shingles

Other Causes of back pain:
o Bone Cancer
o Psoriatic Arthritis
o Ankylosing Spondylitis
o Bleeding Into Pelvis
o Dissection of the aorta
o Infection of the Spine or Pelvis
o Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
o Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
o Metastatic Cancer (Cancer that has spread to the spine from elsewhere)

o Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis
 

Call 911 or go to the hospital if back pain is accompanied by: 
o Unexplained fever with back pain
o Back pain after a severe blow or fall
o Redness or swelling on the back or spine
o Pain that travels down legs below the knee
o Weakness or numbness in buttocks, thigh, leg, or pelvis
o Burning with urination or blood in urine
o Pain that awakens you at night
o Very sharp pain

 
Call your doctor if back pain is accompanied by: 
o Pain that has lasted longer than one month
o Numbness
o Muscle weakness
o Accident or injury
o Fever
o Age over 65
o Cancer or a strong family history of cancer
o Weight loss

 
Prevention and self-care: 
o Avoid standing for long periods of time
o Do not wear high heels. Use cushioned soles when walking
o Place a small pillow or rolled towel behind your lower back while sitting
o If you drive long distance, stop and walk around every hour
o Quit smoking.
o Lose weight.
o Learn to relax. Try methods like yoga, tai chi, or massage
o Lose weight

 
Medications for back pain may include: 
o Analgesics, Antipyretics
o Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (Nsaids)
o Carisoprodol, Soma
o Celecoxib, Celebrex
o Codeine, Empirin 2, Tylenol
o Cyclobenzaprine, Flexeril
o Diflunisal, Dolobid
o Fenoprofen, Nalfon
o Flurbiprofen, Ansaid
o Hydrocodone And Ibuprofen, Vicoprofen
o Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen, Vicodin
o Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Medipren, Nuprin
o Ketoprofen, Orudis, Oruvail
o Nabumetone, Relafen
o Naproxen, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Anaprox, Aleve
o Rofecoxib, Vioxx
o Tolmetin, Tolectin
o Tramadol, Ultram
o Piroxicam, Feldene
o Propoxyphene, Darvon
   
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