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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Back Pain That Gets Worse When Straightening It

Updated on Aug. 29, 2018

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced back pain that gets worse when straightening it. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.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).

    This is usually a self-limiting problem, and should subside on its own within weeks.

    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
  2. 2.Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread pain, tenderness, and fatigue.

    Fibromyalgia is generally a lifelong condition

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, arthralgias or myalgias, anxiety, depressed mood, headache
    Symptoms that always occur with fibromyalgia:
    arthralgias or myalgias
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Herniated (Slipped) Disk in the Lower Back

    The backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between the bones are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the vertebrae and keep them in place. Although people talk about a slipped disk, nothing actually slips out of place. The outer shell of the disk ruptures, and the jelly-like substance bulges out. It may be pressing on a nerve, which is what causes the pain.A slipped disk is more likely to happen due to strain on the back, such as during heavy lifting, and older individuals are at higher risk.

    The pain associated with a slipped disk usually goes away within six weeks. If the pain lasts longer, consult a doctor. They may send you to see a back specialist for an MRI of your spine, and surgery may be considered.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, moderate back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that gets worse when sitting, leg weakness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Mid - Back Bruise

    A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the back are common, given how exposed this area of the body is.

    Bruises begin to heal within one week.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, constant back pain, mid back pain from an injury, swollen back, bruised back
    Symptoms that always occur with mid-back bruise:
    mid back pain from an injury, constant back pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Back Pain That Gets Worse When Straightening It

  • Q.Does your back pain radiate anywhere?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Back Pain That Gets Worse When Straightening It Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced back pain that gets worse when straightening it have also experienced:

    • 10% Lower Back Pain
    • 2% Back Pain
    • 2% Sharp Lower Back Pain
  • People who have experienced back pain that gets worse when straightening it were most often matched with:

    • 42% Fibromyalgia
    • 42% Herniated (Slipped) Disk in the Lower Back
    • 14% Low Back Strain
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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