These days it’s so common to have sudden severe lower back pain can’t move. Why does this type of pain happen, well it has many causes like muscle strain, can be a herniated disc or a compression fracture or kidney infections. In the article below I have tried to explain everything related to sudden severe lower back pain can’t move it’s causes symptoms and treatment.
These days studies reveal almost 80 percent of adults experience lower back pain at least once in their lifetime. Back pain is usually explained as dull or aching, but at times it can be sharp and stabbing.
What are the common causes of sudden severe lower back pain can’t move?
Since years muscle strains had been the most common cause of lower back pain. Strains occur when a person stretches or tears a muscle or a tendon. They’re usually caused by trauma or injuries, either from sports or by making certain motions, like lifting a heavy weight box.
Muscle strains may lead to muscle spasms, which can feel like jolts of sharp pain.
There are other symptoms of muscle strain in the lower back which include following :
Stiffness in the back
Difficulty while moving
Pain which can be radiating into the buttocks or even legs.
Muscle strains mostly go away on their own without a need for any intervention within a few weeks. If pain is much or it alters daily activity otc anti-inflammatory medications can help manage the pain. Using a cold ice pack or heating pad on the lower back a few times can also help in relieving the pain.
Herniated disc, also called as a slipped disc, happens when one of the discs which are cushion liek structures that lie between the spinal bones that are vertebrae ruptures. This condition is very common in the lower back, and it sometimes puts pressure on the surrounding nerves as well called pinch nerve leading to sharp pain.
Other symptoms include of herniated disk can include:
- Severe pain and weakness in the lower back
- Feeling of numbness or tingling in the back.
- Radiating pain to buttocks, thighs, or even calves
- shooting pain when a person moves
- Often muscle spasms
- Sciatica : this is a condition itself as the sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, It serves lower back, buttocks, and legs, so when something like a herniated disc happens and causes pressure on it or we can say pinches it, one might feel a sharp pain in the lower back with pain radiating down to the buttocks and leg. This is called sciatica and it usually affects one side of the body at one time. Other symptoms of sciatica may include following:
- Pain which can be mild to excruciating
- a burning sensation in the back
- electric shock like sensation
- Back pain followed by foot pain
Abdominal aortic aneurysm:
The aortic artery runs straight down the middle of the human body. An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when part of the artery’s wall weakens and then expands in diameter. This can happen both ways either slowly over time or it can happen very suddenly.
Symptoms of Abdominal aortic aneurysm include following:
back pain which is sometimes sudden and severe.
pain in the abdomen area or even side of the abdomen.
There are many types of arthritis, including most common osteoarthritis , that can affect the back and cause lower back pain. When this takes place , it leads the cartilage between the vertebrae to wear down or we can say makes it useless, that can be painful.
Additional symptoms of arthritis in the lower back include following:
- Pain that worsens at the end of the day
- Pain that alters daily activities
It happens sometimes one can feel pain from the kidneys in the lower back, specifically if one has kidney stones or a severe kidney infection, it’s more likely to feel the kidney related lower back pain.
Other symptoms that can take place with a kidney problem include following:
- Fever and chills
- Pain during urination that is dysuria
- Frequent urination that is frequency
- Pain in the lower back or on sides or in the groin
- Bad odour, bloody, or turbid urine
Some spinal infections can also be the cause of sharp pain in the lower back. People mostly associate tuberculosis with the lungs, but no to mention it can also infect the spine. Spinal tuberculosis is rare in the developed countries, but people with weak and compromised immune systems have a higher chance of getting it. In addition with back pain which is sharp that may radiate to the arms and legs, spinal infections can also cause following:
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of bladder control
- Loss of bowel control
Compression fracture in the lower back, also called as a vertebral compression fracture, takes place when one of the vertebrae breaks and collapses this can lead to severe lower back pain. Some injuries and underlying conditions that weaken the bones, like osteoporosis, be it’s can cause. Symptoms and signs of a compression fracture vary depending on it’s cause, but usually include following:
- Mild to severe back pain can be lower or upper
- Leg pain
- Weakness or numbness in the lower extremities of the body
What are the specific causes of sudden severe lower back pain can’t move in women?
It happens when uterine tissue starts growing in other parts of the body rather in the uterus, like ovaries or in fallopian tubes. It can lead to severe abdominal, pelvic, pain and lower back pain which can be very painful. Some other endometriosis symptoms include following:
- Severe back pain especially lower one
- Pain during the menstrual cycle.
- Pain during or after sexual intercourse
- Spotting between periods
- Bowel problems or digestive issues
- Severe painful bowel movements
- Dysuria during menstruation
Ovarian cysts are type of cysts which are small, fluid filled bubbles that form in the ovaries. In past few years or I can say from a decade or so they have become fairly common and usually don’t cause any symptoms. However, if they’re large sudden pain can be caused by them in the pelvis that often radiates to the lower back, so people mistake it for back problem. Some other symptoms of ovarian cysts include following:
- Feeling of fullness in lower abdomen or pressure
- Abdominal bloating often
Large ovarian cysts have this thing that they have more changes of rupture, which can also cause sudden, severe back pain, this ruptured ovarian cyst can even cause internal bleeding, so call the doctor right away if pain is felt around one side of the pelvis and in lower back.
It happens that sometimes one or both of the ovaries twist, causing a condition called ovarian torsion. In several cases, the connected tube that is fallopian tube also twists. It causes severe abdominal pain that comes so fast and spreads towards the lower back causing lower back pain as well. Some women can have associating symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Ovarian torsion is a very important medical emergency which requires treatment straight away to avoid permanent damage to the ovary, many cases require surgery.
What are the specific causes of sudden severe lower back pain can’t move in men?
Prostatitis is a very common condition that leads to inflammation in the prostate, mostly due to a bacterial infection. In some cases there aren’t any symptoms or signs present , but in some other cases can cause lower back pain as well as following:
- Pain in these areas ; groin, penis, anus, or even lower abdomen
- Dysuria, pain during urination
- Pain after or during ejaculation
- Increased urge to urinate as soon as possible
Prostate cancer begins in the prostate, it’s a very small gland near the urinary bladder that produces fluid for semen. If a person has prostate cancer there can be lower back pain, it can also cause following:
- Urinary problems.
- Painful ejaculation or pain during ejaculation
When to see a doctor for sudden severe lower back pain can’t move?
Lower back pain mostly is not a medical emergency. Chances are, the muscle is strained usually. But, if it’s a female like for ovarian torsion it’s an emergency or if a female is pregnant or have any of the following symptoms, a doctor should be contacted as soon as possible:
- Fever or chills
- Urinary incontinence
- Bowel imbalance
- Severe excruciating pain that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medications
- Nausea or vomiting with lower back pain
- Difficulty walking or balancing with lower back pain