The signs and symptoms of back pain may include the following:
• Muscle pains
• Throbbing pain
• Pain radiating down the leg
• Pain that gets better when lying down
When to see a doctor
Seek immediate care if your back pain:
• causes new bowel or bladder problems;
• is accompanied by fever;
Contact a doctor if your back pain:
is accompanied by unexplained weight loss.
Back pain often occurs without a cause that the doctor can identify with a test or imaging study. Disorders frequently related to back pain include:
• Muscle or ligament pressure. Lifting heavy objects repeatedly or making a sudden bad movement can put pressure on the back muscles and the ligaments in the spine. If your physical condition is not good, the constant pressure on your back could cause painful muscle spasms.
• Bulging or herniated disc.The soft material inside the disc can bulge or rupture and put pressure on a nerve. However, you can have a bulge or herniated disc without feeling back pain.
• Bone irregularities. A disorder in which the spine curves to one side (scoliosis) can also cause back pain, but usually not before middle age.
• Osteoporosis. The vertebrae in your spine can present compression fractures if your bones become porous and brittle.