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crampy back pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 15, 2011
  • 00:24 PM

Hello, this is a 21 year old female, and am having back pain since 4 months. It is crampy and extends forwards along the ribs. It is difficult to sleep or to take a deep breath. I have been having highly disturbed sleep ever since and have been on pain killers. My doctor advised me to excersise regularly but that is not helping..... I am worried. :(

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  • there are so many possibilities and all require you get assistance.I had similar thing that ultimately lead to severe pain which was pleurisy and turned out I had severe pneumonia and didn't know it.crampy back pain can be a kidney infection or stone. or ovarian issues like a cyst or even a ruptured cyst. this can also be a very very early warning sign of ovarian cancer which means you NEED to get this checked immediately. ovarian cancer has many early "silent" symptoms and worth checking out. OR could be a muscle pull. OR a broken rib esp if you had a bad cold and cough and coughed a lot and hard previously. sometimes people break ribs by coughing and never know it and it can be dangerous. a simple xray can determine.have you had a chest xray? even a walkin clinic can be a good place to start if you don't have a dr. or not getting the help you need from your own dr. and better and cheaper than an ER esp since it's not an emergency if you have had it for months. Get help before it becomes an emergency? a broken rib can puncture a lung...a low grade "walking pneumonia" can become quite severe. Believe it or not, and not to scare you, but if you check the paper many young people still die of pneumonia. I never knew I had it. and I have not had it since but even I have scars that show up on my lung xray from this one episode. I never knew I had it till I was doubled over in pain with pleurisy which got me to the ER really fast. btw, crampy back pain can even be an indication of Gall stones. There are many many possibilities that can be easily ruled out. a urine test for infection. an abdominal ultrasound to r/o ovarian issues. a chest xray for lung/ rib issues. and if everything is negative, only if it's all negative, you might try a chiropractor. esp if you know you hurt your back or have a job where a back injury is common. always get professional help. I am not a dr. this can seem easy to ignore but can be serious. please get it checked out. be.
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  • This is definitely something where you need to get a 2nd opinion. You're going to probably need a CT scan or an MRI. Many doctors can use basic tests to find out what is wrong...but if those basic tests are not successful, then some sort of internal imaging will be required. Most of the time surface treatements like electrotherapy stimulators will not treat deep back pain.
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