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What causes stabbing pain in back?

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Posted on Mon, 1 Jun 2015
Question: My mother, 87 is having severe back pain. She says it coms in very painful stabs. I worry that it could be something else. Could it be something else and what could I ask her to narrow down what it could be. She is almost impossible to get to the doctor.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Can be due to many causes.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The pain in the back like painful stabs can be due to-
1. Lumbar muscle strain- due to tear or pull of muscle fibres.
2. Infections like paraspinal abscess.
3. Lumbar disc herniation, sciatica, etc.
4. Arthritis or ankylosing spondylosis.
5. Weak core muscles-Strengthening the muscles that support the spine helps keep the spine in its proper position and reduce risk of sprains, strains and lower back pain.
6. Vitamin D3 deficiency.
7. Renal calculi.
Proper diagnosis involves investigations like ultrasound of the abdomen, X-ray and MRI of the spine after an examination by your primary physician.
The treatment will then depend on the cause.
Hot fomentation and oral muscle relaxants can provide a temporary relief till then.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal

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What causes stabbing pain in back?

Brief Answer: Can be due to many causes. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. The pain in the back like painful stabs can be due to- 1. Lumbar muscle strain- due to tear or pull of muscle fibres. 2. Infections like paraspinal abscess. 3. Lumbar disc herniation, sciatica, etc. 4. Arthritis or ankylosing spondylosis. 5. Weak core muscles-Strengthening the muscles that support the spine helps keep the spine in its proper position and reduce risk of sprains, strains and lower back pain. 6. Vitamin D3 deficiency. 7. Renal calculi. Proper diagnosis involves investigations like ultrasound of the abdomen, X-ray and MRI of the spine after an examination by your primary physician. The treatment will then depend on the cause. Hot fomentation and oral muscle relaxants can provide a temporary relief till then. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal