Sometimes back pain is not strictly related to spinal structures. Sometimes back pain comes from other places, specifically internal organs. In a process called referred pain , internal organs can send pain signals to other parts of the body. For example, when someone is experiencing a heart attack, the left arm may ache. Nothing is wrong with the arm, but this limb hurts because the heart is referring pain to it. The neck, mid-back and low back are also potential targets for referred pain. Here are two examples when "back pain" has nothing to do with spinal problems.
Gallbladder : The gallbladder is a small organ tucked up near the liver that helps with digestion. Within this internal organ problems can arise like a blockage from a stone, an infection, or just an inflamed gallbladder attack. Sometimes the symptoms clearly point to a problem with the gallbladder. These classic symptoms include right upper quadrant abdominal pain just underneath the right chest wall, nausea, gas, ...
Full Question: Please help this is critical to me! I am 20 years old and a male and I have been suffering with a headache at the top and lower left sides of the back of my head for months now. It just wont go away. It causes burning sensations, pins and needles, it can be throbbing or it can be dull but it is debilitating to say the least! Please tell me what you think this might be! I do have chronic sinus problems and I used to weight lift a lot, but after in a while as I am seeing a chiropractor for a neck and shoulder problem. Could this be an inflammation or something serious? My parents think I am paranoid but I cant go on any more without knowing! Thank you so very much, Garrett. Answer: Dear Garrett; You need to see a doctor. If you've seen one, and still don't have answers, go to another doctor. A chiropractor can offer valuable services, especially for skeletal problems, but you need to see a doctor who can rule out other issues and diagnose th...
Back pain - nonspecific
Low back pain
Pain in any part of the back
Pain may radiate to the buttocks or upper leg(s)
Signs and tests
A physical examination focused on the back, the abdomen, and the extremities may confirm back pain or muscle spasm , but the examination does not reveal a specific cause (such as a herniated disk) or any neurological problem (such as weakness or change in sensation).
X-rays of the spine are usually normal. Further work-up may include a CT scan or MRI of the spine .
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