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Pain in the lower back while sitting down. No constipation. Should I be worried?

I have a pain in the lower left side of my back. The pain becomes worse when I sit down suddenly or go to the bathroom. When I sit down to start to go to the bathroom it s a quick sharp pain that causes me to bend over and then slowly eases into a dull ache. I thought it might be built up gas, as if I was constipated, but I m not and the pain has been going on for a few days now.
Asked On : Thu, 30 Aug 2012
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Please note that your symptoms can be due to various reasons. But it is wiser ruling out the serious ones like the prolapsed disc in the vertebral column.
There are some clinical tests which can reasonably detect what could be the problem by your doctor.
However do the following-
1] Give sufficient rest to back.
2] Hot water / bag / electric patch fomentation to the back.
3] No massaging please.
4] No exertional activities for 2 weeks.
5] X-ray of lower back [ MRI of lower back if needed]
You have not mentioned your gender as in females pelvic problems may have to be looked into.
Answered: Thu, 30 Aug 2012
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