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What causes pain in the spine?

I am 59 yr. old female. Have always been healthy, but over last 6 mos. to a year, have been experiencing back pain/soreness in lower spine, radiating to right leg. Usually it gets better during the day (I take a naproxen and an aspirin every morning and use a heating pad for 30 minutes or so, then hot shower). As the day goes on, the pain seems to go away; however, I recently noticed a bulging out of my spine (lumbar region). I will be seeing my doctor in a couple of weeks, but wanted to know if it s possible I have scoliosis..? Seems pretty late in life for someone not to have caught it earlier...Or is this just normal aging issues?
Thu, 30 Oct 2014
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Geriatrics Specialist 's  Response
Hi,
Thanks for asking.
Based on your query, my opinion is as follows.
1. It appears to be vertebral compression of lumbar vertebrae. X-ray would demonstrate reduced space between vertebrae. It is possibly lumbar spondylosis.
2. The radiating pain is due to compression of nerve in between vertebrae. Age related osteoporosis is possible cause.
3. Its not scoliosis. You need to get physiotherapy, back exercises and lumbar support devices.
Hope it helps.
Any further queries, happy to help again.
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What causes pain in the spine?

Hi, Thanks for asking. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows. 1. It appears to be vertebral compression of lumbar vertebrae. X-ray would demonstrate reduced space between vertebrae. It is possibly lumbar spondylosis. 2. The radiating pain is due to compression of nerve in between vertebrae. Age related osteoporosis is possible cause. 3. Its not scoliosis. You need to get physiotherapy, back exercises and lumbar support devices. Hope it helps. Any further queries, happy to help again.