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Tricky Left Sided Low Back Pain 

 June 2, 2011

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Mechanicsville Virginia Chiropractor – It isn’t uncommon for patients who have spent years dealing with back pain to tell me they have been to several doctors before they came to me.  However, many will say they have been dealing with the pain for years and have not sought help that whole time.  The assumption is it will go away, and “I’ll feel better tomorrow.”  There are several problems here.  But the two most important ones are: First, the actual cause of the pain needs to go away before the symptom does, so why would a nights sleep actually change something that is caused by the mis-alignment of your spine or how you have to sit all day?   Second, the pain may be caused by something serious.  Especially left sided low back pain.  So the moral of the story is to go ahead and go to your chiropractor or your friends chiropractor to see if you have a problem they can help not.  If not, you can get the help you need elsewhere after a referral.
If you are like me, your mind goes to what the serious problems may be.  No not the most common problems, but the ugly scary disease problems…right!?  We are all the same in so many ways.  So here is some good information about the less common problems that can cause low back pain symptoms.  You’ll be (and I am) happy to know they are all very treatable, and with the exception of ectopic pregnancy, they are not emergency situations.  Yay!
The following information comes from a blog post at Burt Chiropractic.

It is very common that some people will experience left sided back pain more frequently than the right side. This kind of pain can last for days, weeks and sometimes months. The location of this pain is usually below the ribs and around the side of the torso. This dull like and aching pain is usually more intense during particular hours of the day. Some people are very sensitive to touch in that area and some are sensitive to the dietary changes. Exercises, deep breaths and bowel movements can affect the pain on a left side of the lower back as well.

Many patients get frustrated because many times all of the tests come out negative. Prescription medication for pain might not be the solution to a problem. Some doctors will not have enough experience figuring out the cause of the pain. Ask your physician to refer you over to a specialist who has more experience with that kind of pain.  [If you are already seeing or have seen a chiropractor please consider that chiropractors have different specialties as well.  At Stover Chiropractic I have extra training in in an upper cervical technique called orthospinology.]

Here is a list of conditions which can cause lower left side back pain:

Ectopic pregnancy: A woman with a developing ectopic pregnancy may not display any signs or symptoms of being pregnant. Symptoms include lower abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, cramping or stabbing pain around the pelvic area, dizziness and felling lightheaded.

Endometriosis: Symptoms may include pain in the pelvis, abdomen and lower back. Heavy flow of vaginal bleeding may accompany these symptoms.

Hypochondrial pain: Symptoms include pain under the rib cage, which can be referred from the colon or spleen.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Also known as spastic colon, IBS may be accompanied by abdominal pain, diarrhea, headaches, low back pain and chest pain.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder: Symptoms may include heartburn, chest pain, back pain, difficulty swallowing or dry cough.

Pancreatitis: Symptoms that are chronic may include indigestion, abdominal pain, back pain, weight loss and steatorrhea (stool that is appears oily and foul smelling).

Peptic Ulcer: Symptoms may include a burning pain in the chest, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, change in appetite and back pain.

Gastrointestinal bleeding: Common causes include esophageal varices, stomach ulcer, erosions of the esophagus, duodenum or stomach; duodenal ulcer, abnormal blood vessels, colon cancer, anal fissures, colon polyps, diverticulosis, inflammatory bowel disease, internal hemorrhoids and inflammation of the large bowels.

Celiac Disease: Symptoms of celiac disease may mimic those of other conditions such as anemia, parasite infections, irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcers and skin disorders. Symptoms may include joint pain, weight loss, back pain, weakness and fatigue, bone disorders such as osteoporosis, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and anemia.

Radicular pain: This occurs when there is irritation or compression along the nerves exiting the spine. Symptoms include pain that is accompanied by weakness, numbness or a tingling sensation. Causes of radicular pain can be due to injury, trauma, soft tissue, disc herniation, facet syndrome or bony changes to the vertebral column (chiropractic works best with this).

Kidney stones: Symptoms include pain below the ribs, pain around the torso and back pain. It is also common to experience pain radiating into the lower abdomen and groin region. Other symptoms include pain during urination, nausea and vomiting.

Gallstones: Symptoms may include pain between the shoulder blades, pain in the center and upper right region of the abdomen, back pain and pain into the right shoulder. Additional symptoms may include abdominal pain after eating meals.

Problems with the adrenal gland: Common symptoms include headaches, dizziness when standing up or changing positions quickly, sensitivity to bright lights, low back pain.

Sacroiliac joint inflammation: The pain associated with sacroiliitis most commonly occurs in the buttocks and lower back. It can also affect the legs, groin and even the feet.  Chiropractic also works well with this problem.

If none of these turn out to be the cause of your low back pain, please consider allowing us to see if upper cervical chiropractic care can help.  It may be that the cause of your pain is spine related but not caused by a problem in the low back area.

We realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services. If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.20130311-200124.jpg

Dr. Tripp Stover

Stover Chiropractic, P.C. –  Real. Simple. Healthcare.

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Location:

We are located at 9097 Atlee Station Road in MechanicsvilleVirginia, 23111.  This is a Hanover county address, but we are minutes from Glenn Allen, Innsbrook, Sandston, and Varina.  We also serve many people from King William and New Kent Counties.  Our close proximity to I295 means we are very easy to reach from anywhere in the Richmond Metro area.  Contact us: 804-559-1100

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.


Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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