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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, ...
Ah Chew! If that sneeze hurt your low back, then you have found the right place to learn more about surviving cold and flu season with low back pain. Coughing and sneezing can really hurt. A week of doing either one can be agonizing. Why does it hurt the low back so much when the upper respiratory system is irritated? And what are some things that you can do to survive a cold or flu with less pain?
That sudden cough, sneeze or laugh (for that matter) does one thing to a lumbar disc that can cause a sudden increase in pain. Research has shown that the mere acting of coughing, sneezing or laughing increases the amount of pressure in the lumbar disc. If the disc is already torn, bulged or herniated, the act of coughing or sneezing can be a very painful experience. And Lord have mercy if the coughing or sneezing happens more than once. In fact, someone might be minding his/her own business enjoying a pain-free life when suddenly an innocent sneeze leads to months of debilitating lo...
Can pain in the jaw or teeth be an indication of a heart attack? How do I tell if a pain in my arm or shoulder is due to a heart condition?
These questions are quite common and frequently asked, and not always easily or correctly answered in magazines and journals. In fact, pain caused by an inadequate supply of oxygen to the heart can occur in many different forms. Although, once in a while, the location and description of the discomfort may be odd, but, fortunately, most of the time it is similar. The majority of the time patients describe a tightness, heaviness or constriction in the mid-chest or upper abdomen that appears to also be present in one or the other shoulder. The discomfort may also be noted in the upper biceps, elbow and wrist (on either side) and on occasion may feel like it is “going through” to the back. Heart pain can also be noted in the jaw and teeth. It is more common for heart-related discomfort to affect the lower jaw than the upper jaw. Occ...
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