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Pain and tingling in the lower back, swollen lips and tongue. Had surgery on spine. Twisted nerve or ligament?

im a 35 yr old female..I have had surgery on my L4 and L5 in 2005..I recently started gyming and working on my upper body. four days ago during a shower I seemed to have twisted my nerve or ligament in my lower back giving me shooting pain..since then..I have my back is stiff and have had tingling sensations..even if I cough my lower back seems to hurt..that doesn t seem t worry me as much as my swollen lips and tongue I have had since the episode. three days in a row I have woken up with swollen lips and tongue.. I am not sure if these two incidents are related..I have taken anti histamines one tablet a day it seems to get better during the day an when I sleep the next morning it seems to get worse. Do I need to go to an ER?
Asked On : Fri, 5 Apr 2013
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Thanks for posting your query.
As you have had sprain/strain on lower back, it is possible that strained muscle has irritated some vessels or nerves. It will go away with time, you can take muscle relaxants. As far as your swollen tongue and lips are concerned make sure what drugs you have been taking recently, usually it is caused by drug reaction or food allergy.
Relieve from anti histamine suggests you have got allergic reaction.
Contact your doctor and notify your reaction and drugs you have been taking.
Hope it helps.
Take Care!
Answered: Fri, 5 Apr 2013
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