Back or spinal pain can also mimic other conditions which are causing your pain. I was put on slow release Tramadol many years ago and just took it regularly but then I began to think that if I had another problem anywhere in my body surely with being on such a high dose I would be none the wiser, so I decided to change to taking my tablets regularly instead of slow release. Fortunately I was fine but others could miss something so here is a list of seven other conditions which could be contributing to your pain.
- Pancreatitis… Pancreatitis can cause back pain due to acute pancreatitis, but the main symptom of acute pancreatitis is a severe pain that develops suddenly in the centre of your tummy. The NHS explains that this aching pain often gets steadily worse and can travel along your back.
- Kidney Infection…Healthline explains that due to the fact that your kidneys are located toward your back and underneath your ribcage, it may be hard to tell if the pain you’re experiencing in that area is coming from your back or your kidney. However, kidney pain is felt in your flank, which is the area on either side of your spine between the bottom of your ribcage and your hips. It usually occurs in one side of your body, but it can occur in both sides.
- Lung Disease…Newsgram states that unexplained backache can be a sign of lung cancer. If lung cancer continues to grow and spread to the spine, it creates pressure on the backbone and spinal cord. This can cause pain in our neck or upper, middle, or lower back. The pain may also spread to our arms, buttocks, or legs. Sudden weakness of a limb, possibly due to cord compression can occur.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease…Family Doctor describes that pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs. This includes the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Pelvic inflammatory disease causes different symptoms in different women, but can include low back pain.
- Bladder Infection…Bladder infections are common and usually not serious if treated promptly. But if the infection spreads to the kidneys, it can cause more serious illness. If untreated it could lead to a kidney infection. Pain is generally found on either side of the lower back.
- Arthritis…According to Hopkins Medicine spinal arthritis is inflammation of the facet joints in the spine or sacroiliac joints between the spine and the pelvis and pain can be found in numerous parts of you spine. Arthritis in the back or neck can be painful and often becomes chronic. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, and most of them may affect the back or neck.
- Fibromyalgia…Arthritis Org explains that Fibromyalgia causes pain, tenderness, fatigue, sleep problems, and other health conditions. Fibromyalgia causes body-wide pain and extreme tiredness. It can be confused with arthritis because it may cause pain in joints, muscles and soft tissues.
If you think that you have other symptoms with your back pain then get it checked out by your GP.