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Top 10 Lower Back Rubbing Causes

  1. 1.Trichomonas Vaginal Infection

    Trichomonas vaginalis infection (or "Trichomoniasis" or "trich") is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite of the same name. It affects over 3 million people per year, but only about 30% have any symptoms.

    You should go see your primary care doctor in the coming days. He or she may order a number of tests to identify if the bug is actually the cause of your symptoms. Treatment involves prescription metronidazole or tinidazole.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vulvovaginal odor, vaginal itch or burning, vaginal bleeding, white/gray vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that always occur with trichomonas vaginal infection:
    vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that never occur with trichomonas vaginal infection:
    vaginal ulcer
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common hormone disorder characterized by irregular period, acne, and fertility issues.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, fatigue, pelvis pain, painful periods, depressed mood
    Symptoms that always occur with polycystic ovary syndrome:
    oligo/amenorrhea or hyperandrogenism
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Bacterial Vaginosis

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an infection caused when too much of certain bacteria change the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina. BV is not a sexually transmitted infection and is not caused by poor hygiene (in fact, excessive washing of the vagina may increase the risk). Its symptoms are usually mild, consisting primarily of a white-gray vaginal discharge that has a fishy smell.

    You should visit your primary care physician. If you have any symptoms of BV, a swab of the discharge will be tested to confirm the diagnosis, and antibiotic treatment will be started.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal odor, bloody vaginal discharge, thick vaginal discharge, thin vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Normal Episode of Gas

    Passing gas, or flatulence, is a natural part of the digestive system. Bacteria in the gut are breaking down food, and as a by product, they release gas. This eventually gets released.

    You do not need care for this. If anything changes (develop a fever, pain, diarrhea), you can seek a doctor's opinion.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    flatulence
    Symptoms that always occur with normal episode of gas:
    flatulence
    Symptoms that never occur with normal episode of gas:
    involuntary defecation
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  5. 5.Diverticulosis

    Diverticulosis is a condition where small pouches bulge outward through the large intestine (colon). It increases with age, with up to 50% of people over the age of 60 having developed it. Most people don't have symptoms. Eating fiber is shown to reduce the risk of diverticulosis, with vegetarians reducing their risk by half.

    You can treat this at home through eating more fiber and a mild pain reliever (Advil, for example). Diagnosis is typically done through a colonoscopy, which many at this age should be getting anyways.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Viral (Norovirus) Infection

    Noroviruses are a group of related viruses that leads to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. These viruses cause gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. When the diarrhea and/or vomiting is severe, dehydration can occur. Symptoms of dehydration include a dry mouth, dizziness, urinating less frequently and dark urine.

    You can safely treat this condition at home. Make sure you drink plenty of water and fluids (Gatorade, Pediatlyte) to replace what is lost with diarrhea. If symptoms of dehydration occur or you are unable to keep down any liquids, seek care at your primary care physician or an urgent care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, headache, stomach bloating
    Symptoms that always occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    hidden: gastroenteritis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    severe abdominal pain, throbbing headache, severe headache, tarry stool
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Celiac Disease

    Celiac disease is an immune disease in which gluten damages the small intestine. Avoid products containing gluten such as wheat, rye, & barley.

    Celiac disease is best managed by following a strict gluten-free diet. Consult with a doctor or dietician for support.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, stomach bloating, constipation, diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Normal Occurrence of Diarrhea

    Diarrhea has numerous causes including bacteria, viruses, parasites, medications, food intolerance & digestive system diseases.

    If your diarrhea looks normal, treatment is not necessary. Make sure to stay hydrated. If the diarrhea becomes severe, you should see a doctor.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    diarrhea, mild diarrhea
    Symptoms that always occur with normal occurrence of diarrhea:
    diarrhea
    Symptoms that never occur with normal occurrence of diarrhea:
    bloody diarrhea, severe diarrhea, worsening diarrhea, being severely ill, ill appearance
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  9. 9.Food Poisoning by the Staphylococcus Bacteria

    Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that can be spread by food workers who handle food without washing their hands, and can also be found in unpasteurized milk and cheese products. Infection with this bacterium causes a stomach and intestinal illness in a short period of time, with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea.

    Bacterial food poisoning causes uncomfortable symptoms, but you can safely manage this condition at home. Make sure you drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration, and an over-the counter antidiarrheal medication such as loperamide (Imodium) may help.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, nausea or vomiting, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), diarrhea, vomiting
    Symptoms that always occur with food poisoning by the staphylococcus bacteria:
    nausea or vomiting
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  10. 10.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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Lower Back Rubbing

  • Q.How has this rubbing changed over time?
  • Q.How long has this rubbing been going on?
  • Q.How much are you rubbing a part of your body?
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Lower Back Rubbing Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced lower back rubbing have also experienced:

    • 25% Stomach Rubbing
    • 16% Bloody Vaginal Discharge
    • 8% Yellow / Green Vomit
  • People who have experienced lower back rubbing had symptoms persist for:

    • 49% Less Than a Day
    • 28% Less Than a Week
    • 8% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced lower back rubbing were most often matched with:

    • 13% Trichomonas Vaginal Infection
    • 6% Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
    • 6% Bacterial Vaginosis

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