pain is a very common symptom affecting millions of Americans. While mostly
it’s not serious, sometimes it also could be a signal of certain medical
conditions. How about peptic ulcers, painful sores that develop in the inner
lining of stomach and duodenum (the first part of your small intestine) — can
ulcers cause back pain?
comes to discussing about causes of back pain, there are a wide range of
factors and conditions that can contribute to the pain.
why it’s not always easy to figure out the exact underlying cause. Several
tests are sometimes necessary to get accurate diagnosis. But in general, the following
are some common answers on this !
While there are lots of things to blame, back pain is often linked to spine-related problems. This could be something wrong with the spine structures (e.g. spinal joints, discs, nerves, and muscles).
or/and ligament strain, for example, is very commonly associated with back
pain. This can occur when you do a sudden awkward movement or do a repeated
discs are a condition in which soft-jellylike tissue (nucleus) in the discs has
pushed out abnormally. Sometimes this condition is also called as slipped or
ruptured disk. Mostly, it has to do with wear and tear with age. It causes
excess pressures to the nerves, causing lower back pain or hip pain.
disc is a bit similar to herniated disk, but this protrudes a bit (not as much
as found in herniated disc). Therefore sometimes it doesn’t cause signs and
discs of your spine have several important functions. They play a role to
support slight mobility of your spine. They are tough ligaments (holding the
vertebrae of your spine) and also act as shock absorbers!
name suggests, degenerative disc disease is a condition when the discs shrink
or tear with age. This causes the bones of your spine to easily rub together,
causing pain in the back.
sacroiliac joints play a role to support and move the load of your upper body’s
section to the lower body.
of the sacroiliac joints (also called sacroiliitis),
for example, can cause pain in the lower back and buttocks. The pain may also
radiate to one or both legs. And it usually gets worse with stair climbing or
condition refers to the narrowed spinal canal. The risk for spinal stenosis
increases with age, it’s more common at age 60 or older.
narrowed canal will cause extra pressure that squeezes the nerves. As a result,
you’re likely to have pain in the back. It may also cause numbness and weakness
in your legs. The symptoms usually relieve with sitting down and get worse when
back pain can be attributed by lots of factors. Below are other possible
conditions that can lead to this discomfort:
(e.g. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis). It is a group of medical
conditions affecting the joints.
problems (in men).
disease, when something goes awry with the calcium composition in the bone.
(low bone mass condition, making your bones easy to fracture).
musculoskeletal pain such as fibromyalgia
factors may also have contribution. These include; sedentary lifestyle (this
can lead to poor posture), frequent use of high heels, being obese /overweight,
frequent slouching at the desk, etc.
is not always painful. It may not cause any symptoms if it’s mild and small.
This may make a late diagnosis more likely.
prognosis and outcome are dependent on how severe it is and how well you follow
the treatment plan. But in general the successful rate of treatment for ulcers is
quite awesome. With appropriate treatment, the disease is often curable!
and symptoms can vary. Even some people are probably unaware when they have the
disease. It could be painless until it becomes quite advanced!
it’s possible you don’t have symptoms when the open sore is mild (at the early
stage of the disease, when it’s not large enough to cause symptoms) .
Burning pain sensation on the affected area is usually the most common symptom of the condition. The pain usually will become more intense when stomach acid is higher than usually (for example between meals, when your stomach is empty).
on the severity of the open sore, the disease may also causes the following
signs and symptoms:
in appetite. Something wrong with your stomach or duodenum may affect your
appetite. This could also induce unintentional weight loss.
of fullness (bloating).
intolerance, particularly intolerance to fatty foods.
and vomiting. It’s possible to vomit with blood.
tarry, dark stools (containing blood).
faint or/and trouble breathing.
common culprits to blame for ulcers are H. pylori infection and long-term use
of pain relievers (especially NSAIDs). The following factors may also
contribute to make ulcers more likely to form :
smoke. It hosts countless harmful things, which some may hurt the lining of
your stomach and duodenum.
same goes for alcohol! Heavy drinking is a hard thing for digestive system.
stress tension! Uncontrolled stress would take serious toll on the health of your
diagnosis can help treat the disease more effectively so its complications are
less likely to occur. The diagnosis usually involves a number of procedures and
tests such as physical examination, laboratory tests to look for H-pylori
infection, and endoscopy (if necessary).
prompt treatment, the open sore of ulcer may turn into serious. In such case, it
may cause serious complications — some could be very dangerous (fatal).
Internal bleeding! When an ulcer forms at the site of a blood vessel, it may bleed and cause serious internal bleeding. The bleeding could occur rapidly (severe) or slowly (chronic, long-term bleeding).
severe bleeding can cause vomiting blood and passing stools with blood. Long-term
bleeding symptoms include breathlessness, heart palpitations, fatigue, and pale
skin. Seek immediate medical help if you have any of these symptoms!
Rarely, ulcer may rupture (called burst ulcer), which is an emergency gastrointestinal condition since it can cause serious internal bleeding.
Obstruction! Sometimes ulcers get scarred (inflamed),
which could be severe enough to obstruct /block the normal passage of food
through your stomach and digestive system. As a result you have persistent
bloating, feeling full easily even though with small meal, or frequently
vomiting undigested foods.
Serious Infection! Advanced stomach ulcer may get
worse. In time this may eat a hole through the stomach wall, leading to a
condition called perforation in which the stomach lining splitting open. This
put you at high risk of serious internal infection.
The infection may spread into the circulation (bloodstream) and other organs, causing multiple organ failure. One of common symptoms for this complication is a sudden abdominal pain that steadily worsens.
Pain in the back is not always actually from the back. It could be caused by something else coming from an entirely different area or organ in the body. That’s what we call this as referred back pain!
earlier, a number of conditions and factors can have a role to cause back pain.
goes for referred back pain – it also has many different causes, and the most
common culprits are probably problems in abdominal organs. How about ulcers?
pain could be strong enough to travel out from the abdomen to the back. It
might also radiate to the neck .
back pain is not specific symptom of ulcers. If it occurs without other ulcer
symptoms mentioned earlier, in general it’s less likely linked to ulcers.
there are a range of different medical conditions (including for problems in
abdominal organs) that can factor into referred back pain. So don’t take
conclusion on your own! Several tests are often required for accurate
do believe that your back pain has to do with a problem in your abdominal
cavity, (besides ulcer) the pain could also be a consequence of the following two