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Your Back Pain All Over May Also be Known as:
Lower back hurts all over
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Top 10 Back Pain All Over Causes

  1. 1.Iliolumbar Syndrome

    Iliolumbar Syndrome is caused by a tear of the iliolumbar ligament, which connects the hip to the spine. It's caused by overuse or acute trauma to the area.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who can confirm the diagnosis through asking questions. Treatment involves rest to allow healing, followed by physical therapy to strengthen the area after.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, severe back pain, back pain that shoots to the groin
    Symptoms that always occur with iliolumbar syndrome:
    lower back pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Low Back Strain

    A strain, commonly called a "pulled muscle," is when a muscle becomes overstretched and tears. A low back strain happens when one of the muscles in the lower back is stressed due to an unusual movement (such as lifting a heavy object, or lifting while twisting).

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. Over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help. Muscle relaxants or a massage could be useful in treating the pain symptoms as well. You can also try applying ice packs to reduce inflammation, or gentle heat to help stimulate blood flow and healing to the injured area.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that gets worse when sitting, back pain that gets worse when straightening it, lower left back pain, lower right back pain
    Symptoms that always occur with low back strain:
    lower back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with low back strain:
    involuntary defecation, first time leaking urine, back numbness, toe numbness, foot numbness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    Squamous cells are the small, flat skin cells in the outer layer of the skin. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) a type of skin cancer that usually appears as a tiny, painless bump or patch. The most common spots for this cancer are the head (including scalp, lips, ears, and mouth), legs, and the backs of the hands and the arms.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who will coordinate care with a dermatologist. Squamous cell carcinoma needs to be confirmed by examining a piece of your affected skin in a laboratory. If SCC is confirmed, treatment involves cutting out a patch of affected skin, scraping the cancer away, or destroying it by freezing or radiation.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    worsening back redness, rough skin on the back, scabbed area of the back
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Spine Metastases

    Bone metastases occur when tumor cells migrate from the original tumor site and cause a secondary tumor elsewhere in the body. The spine is a common location for metastases to appear and symptoms generally include pain and tingling.

    You should visit your primary care physician or oncologist, if applicable, to discuss your symptoms as soon as possible.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, lower back pain, fatigue, urinary changes, mid back pain
    Symptoms that always occur with spine metastases:
    back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with spine metastases:
    back pain from overuse, lower back pain from an injury, mid back pain from an injury, mid back pain from overuse
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Unexplained Acute Low Back Pain

    A precise anatomical cause for low back pain is rarely identified. Often, the specific cause of the pain is unknown and is likely due to strain on the bones and muscles of the back from heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, or bad posture.

    Back pain often resolves within a few weeks. You can safely manage the pain at home with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) and acetominophen (Tylenol).

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, fever, back pain
    Symptoms that always occur with unexplained acute low back pain:
    lower back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with unexplained acute low back pain:
    buttocks numbness, thigh numbness, involuntary defecation, fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  6. 6.Premenstrual Syndrome

    Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a very common condition. PMS has a variety of symptoms including cramping, mood swings, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, breast tenderness & depression.

    You may recognize this diagnosis on your own due to the of the timing of your symptoms. Treatment can involve decreasing caffeine, salt and/or refined sugar, increasing exercise, and reducing stress. If symptoms become more severe, a doctor may prescribe an oral birth control pill or an anti-depressant.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, anxiety, constipation, breast pain, depressed mood
    Symptoms that never occur with premenstrual syndrome:
    constant sadness, severe sadness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Solar (Actinic) Keratosis

    Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, is the most common skin condition caused by sun damage over many years. It appears as small, rough, raised growths that may be hard and warty.

    You should visit your primary care physician to have the affected skin evaluated. There are several treatments for actinic keratosis, including freezing the keratosis with liquid nitrogen, or applying a cream or gel. Some keratoses will disappear on their own within a year.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    unchanged back redness, rough skin on the back, thickened skin with a well-defined border
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Endometriosis

    Endometriosis is a disorder in which the tissue that normally lines the uterine walls grows outside the uterus.

    You should visit your physician. The physician will likely do a pelvic exam or ultrasound of the pelvis.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, abdominal pain (stomach ache), vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, painful periods
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Lower Back Arthritis

    Osteoarthritis, most often simply called arthritis, is a disease of cartilage. In joints, where bones touch and move against one another, cartilage helps provide lubrication for smooth movement, and acts as a shock absorber. Cartilage is also present in between vertebrae, which are the bones comprising the spine. Osteoarthritis of the spine, also known as degenerative joint disease, happens when the cartilage between vertebrae dries out and shrinks. The vertebrae are thus not as able to move smoothly against one another. The ability to walk and perform normal daily activities can be impaired due to inflammation and pain in the lower back.

    You schedule an appointment with your primary care physician (PCP), who will coordinate your care with a specialist, a physical therapist, or both. Degenerative joint disease in the spine is commonly treated with general analgesics (pain killers) such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), or stronger narcotic pain killers such hydrocodone (Vicodin) or oxycodone (Percocet) in more serious cases. Corticosteroid injections into the joints are also commonly performed, and are a very effective treatment for pain.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, spontaneous back pain, back pain that gets worse when straightening it, back pain from overuse, lower back injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Ovarian Torsion

    The twisting, or torsion, of the ovary around its surroundings. This may result in loss of blood to both the ovary and the fallopian tube. When diagnosed, this condition is considered an emergency and requires immediate surgery.

    You should go to the emergency room immediately. Diagnosis is made by ultrasound and surgery is required if the diagnosis is confirmed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, nausea, moderate abdominal pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
    Symptoms that never occur with ovarian torsion:
    diarrhea, pain below the ribs, mild abdominal pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Back Pain All Over

  • 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.Does your back pain radiate anywhere?

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Back Pain All Over Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced back pain all over have also experienced:

    • 11% Yellow / Green Vomit
    • 11% Dizziness
    • 11% Abdominal Cramps (Stomach Cramps)
  • People who have experienced back pain all over had symptoms persist for:

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

    • 30% Iliolumbar Syndrome
    • 10% Low Back Strain
    • 10% Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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