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I have been suffering from back and leg pains since I have started studying dentistry. They are fine as long as I don't do any strenous activities. Most of the times it is from work at the dental school. I get deep dull pain that radiates from the back to both my legs. It doesn't occur all the time and the severity varies. Sometimes it's really agonizing and I take a panadol and it goes away. I've been to several gps and they have said it's probably from dehydration because I'm not drinking enough water. Could dehydration really cause this type of pain? Do I need to do more exercise?
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replied August 18th, 2009
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Dehydration can cause muscle cramps and some really nasty pains.

You might want to be sure to keep yourself well hydrated with water during the day and see if that does make a difference.

If that doesn't make a difference, then it would be a good idea to be referred to a spine specialist for an evaluation to see what may or may not be going on.

Good luck

Fran
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replied October 14th, 2009
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it would be really easy to answer your ?...make sure you drink enough water for a few days and see what happens. it could be your spine too...the start of a bad disc.....as for exercise talk with your dr about physical therapy....pete
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replied October 20th, 2009
Oh you should be drinking plenty of water, but I don't think that is the cause of your pain. I started having extreme pain in my lower back that would go down both my legs. I thought my back pain was from my Endometriosis, but I didn't understand why my pain would go down my legs. I also started having extreme bone pain in both my legs from my knees down. So many times I went to try and get help with no success. One doctor told me it was my anxiety and all in my head. I wish I could see that doctor now. What doctors don't get is we know our bodies and we know when something doesn't seem right. I kept searching and went through a lot of hell and finally found this awesome doctor. I had told him the pain I was having and that I thought my lower back pain was from my Endometriosis. He looked at me and said never assume anything until you know for sure. Turns out my back pain and leg pain was from my L5-S1. My lower lumbar in my spine. I have a bulging disc, degenerating disc, and swollen extrusions. How's that for it's all your anxiety. The pain had gotten to the point where I had trouble sitting, sleeping, and walking. This doctor knew something was wrong from the intitial exam. After running some tests he found the problem. I haven't worked since 2004 cause of all my health problems and I am only 25 years old. But I still believe the cause of my extreme bone pain might be another condition altogether. Usually lower back pain that radiates to the legs means a problem in the lower lumbar. I would advise you to go see a Neurologist and get an MRI. GOOD LUCK.
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