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Pain in lumbar spine, on one of the vertebrae, swelling, pain on touching bone. Cure?

About 2 weeks ago, severe pain on my lumbar spine , directly on one of the vertebrae, flared up in the middle of the day, and it has yet to go away. The bone itself is very tender to the touch, and bending, yoga , lifting children, etc, are extremely painful. It doesn t feel like a muscular problem, (I ve had those before), and it hasn t gotten worse or better. I think it is swollen, but I can t be completely sure.
Asked On : Sun, 7 Oct 2012
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Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Clinical examination of your back and legs is required to arrive at a diagnosis. However, the most likely cause for your back pain could be a pinched nerve in the lower back. This can be confirmed by doing an MRI scan of the lumbar spine.

As of now, you can take analgesics such as diclofenac or ibuprofen tablets for pain relief. If symptoms persist despite that, then, an MRI spine could be done.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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Answered: Fri, 3 Jan 2014
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