Thursday, November 04, 2010 nicky, Community Member, asks

Q: Can gas cause lower back pain?

I have been experiencing lower back pain that started a few days ago. It has now moved to the front and hurts when I breathe. I can't seem to comfortable whether sitting, standing or lying down. It also hurts if I sneeze. Could this be severe gas?

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Cort, Health Guide
11/ 5/10 4:39pm

Many nerves occur in the lower back area and lower back pain can be caused by quite a few conditions. Most cases of lower back pain are caused by some sort of injury to that area but problems in the gastrointestinal system can cause pain in that area as well. Any problem that causes a large amount of unexplained pain - such as you're experiencing - that is not going away, really calls for a trip to the doctor. Good luck!

Here are some links that might be useful:

Using Tylenol Responsibly

Why Yoga Can Help Soothe Many Types of Chronic Pain


nicky, Community Member
11/ 7/10 5:43pm

Thank you so much Cort for your help. I tried some Ginger Ale to help me burp and some Pepto (which moved gas). The pain has subsided some but is not completely gone. I am able to rest more comfortably than before, but decided to give it another day or so before going to see a doctor. Once again, thank you so much for your help. :-}

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