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I've had lower back pain for the last week, a dull ache. It starts when I sit at my computer, car, or couch. Lately its been a slight sharp stabbing pain. The pain usually alternates from one side to the other. I feared that it might be a kidney problem, so I've been drinking tons of water and cranberry juice. I have no other symptoms (fever, frequent/infrequent urine, blood in urine, etc.). Today, I noticed that my abdomen is cramping on both sides just over my hip, and around my waist. If I press on my back / wa

I've been getting over a cough, and did wake up one morning feeling simply exhausted, but felt much better later in the day. Also, about 2 weeks ago when I initially had a cold, I took some advil cold and sinus (contains ibuprofen 200mg) and went with my wife to an xmas party where I consumed 3 glasses of wine.. (dont ask why). I also had 1 tablet 6-8 hours prior, and am paranoid I caused damage.

What do you think? Normal back pain or kidney problem? Thanks!

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replied December 21st, 2009
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The problem could lie in the nerves passing through your lumbar vertebrae. Usually with maintaining a particular sitting position for a long time the inter-vertebral discs may protrude a bit outside. This leads to nerve impingement causing the pain and the other neurological problems.

I suggest you get an evaluation done by a neurologist. You may need to get nerve conduction studies done if the neurologist feels the need for.

Even though these are the possibilities, it may still be a low backache due to muscle spasticity. Relaxing the muscles regularly with back exercises quite often relieves the pain and other related symptoms.


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