What Are The Symptoms Of Back Pain?Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 10:02
The type and severity of the back pain will depend on the condition that's causing the pain. However, various causes of back pain may produce similar symptoms.
Low back pain may come on suddenly or gradually.
- When low back pain is intense or "acute," it usually lasts a brief period such as a few days to several weeks.
- Low back pain lasting longer than three months is termed "chronic."
- Low back pain may or may not radiate down into the leg.
Pain from injury to the muscles or ligaments of the back is usually confined to the back, and depending on the cause may or may not be aggravated by bending the back.
Pain from pressure on the
- Mild pain in the hip or part of the leg, or tingling in these regions
- A sharp pain down part of the leg, with numbness in certain parts of the leg.
- Pain that gets worse with sneezing or coughing.
- Pain that is usually located on one side, but may radiate down both legs if the disc is pressing on the nerve roots to both legs.
- The pain may be worsened by sitting or standing for long periods
These symptoms may accompany back pain - or they may be felt without any accompanying back pain at all. These symptoms are commonly called "
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Compression in the lower parts of the spinal canal (the cauda equina) by a disc can be serious. Emergency surgery may be required to decompress the nerves. Symptoms may include: