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Your Back Pain Affecting the Spine May Also be Known as:
Lower back pain in the bone
Lower back pain in the middle
Lower back spinal pain
Lower spine hurts

Top 4 Back Pain Affecting the Spine Causes

  1. 1.Traumatic Vertebral Fracture

    Vertebral fracture is a fracture or dislocation of a vertebra that can cause bone fragments to pinch and damage the spinal nerves or spinal cord. Most spinal fractures occur from car accidents, falls, gunshot, or sports.

    Call 911 immediately.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, constant back pain, severe back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain affecting the spine
    Symptoms that always occur with traumatic vertebral fracture:
    back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with traumatic vertebral fracture:
    mild back pain
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  2. 2.Osteoporotic Spinal Fracture

    Disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced

    You cannot safely treat this condition on your own with over-the-counter pain relievers. Your doctor will likely order imaging and bone density tests.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    mid back pain, unintentional weight loss, spontaneous mid back pain, back pain affecting the spine, back deformity
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Vertebral Osteomyelitis

    Infection of the spinal bones (Vertebral Osteomyelitis) is caused by the spread of bacteria through the blood from another body part that lands in the spine. It's typically caused by bugs named Staph. Aureus (40-50% of the time), streptococci (12%), e.coli (9%), and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (6%).

    You should go to the ER by car, where a doctor will perform blood tests to look for inflammation and signs of infection. Imaging with x-rays is a typical first step, but MRIs are the gold standard. If things are still not clear, a biopsy might be needed to look at what is going on in the spine. Treatment involves antibiotics either by mouth or by blood. Surgery is rarely needed unless there is an implant in the back.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    upper back pain, fever, chills, spontaneous neck or back pain, spontaneous mid back pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Ewing Sarcoma

    Ewing sarcoma is a type of bone cancer often affecting the legs, pelvis, ribs, arms or spine. It can occur anytime during childhood and young adulthood; it is rarely seen in adults.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. An early diagnosis and treatment plan can increase the possibility of a favorable outcome.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, rib pain, pelvis pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Back Pain Affecting the Spine

  • Q.How severe is your back pain?
  • Q.How long has your back pain been going on?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.What is your body mass?

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Back Pain Affecting the Spine Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced back pain affecting the spine have also experienced:

    • 4% Nausea
    • 4% Fatigue
    • 2% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • People who have experienced back pain affecting the spine had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Less Than a Week
    • 26% Less Than a Day
    • 20% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced back pain affecting the spine were most often matched with:

    • 9% Traumatic Vertebral Fracture
    • 2% Osteoporotic Spinal Fracture

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