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Question:

An x-ray and MRI scan didn't find the source of my lumbago.

An anatomical lesion has not been seen on an MRI scan.

What is the cause of my lumbago?

Lenny

Answer:

Dear Lenny,

It may be the result of stress.

Lumbago is the term used to describe general lower back pain.

Lumbago can be caused by a variety of issues from sudden strain to tumors.

The exact cause of the lumbago/back pain is often unknown.

Strain is a common cause of lower back pain; a common cause of strain is an activity like heavy lifting without proper support.

People who do heavy physical work are commonly affected.

Application of hot or cold compresses can sometimes help.

Resting in bed is helpful. The psoas position (lying on back with knees bent) is often the most comfortable position.

Massage, swimming exercises and physiotherapy are some treatments known to help with this type of pain.

Lumbago often goes only to come back again later. If this happens you should consider a full rehabilitation and back education programmed.

The most common type of axial back pain is "mechanical" and is characterized as:

-Low back pain that gets worse with certain activities (e.g. certain sports)
-Low back pain that gets worse with certain positions (e.g. sitting for long periods)
-Low back pain that is relieved by rest

 

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