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My girlfriend is having back pain. She always deals with

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My girlfriend is having back pain. She always deals with minor lower back pain but she's having one of her worst episodes. 8 on a 1-10 scale. She puts up with a lot but this is different. She has a sharp pain in the lower center of her back, like a towel being wrung or a really bad shock and then it shoots up her back and makes her afraid to move. I am just wondering what the possible issues may be? She also stated she feels a small bump along her spine.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 4 years ago.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
My question is, given her stated symptoms, what could be causing that type of pain?
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 4 years ago.
That is a very good question. Pain like your girlfriend can be caused from many, many causes. It could be something as simple as a strained muscle or something as serious kidney problems, slipped disk, problem with an ovary etc.
I'm afraid that without being able to examine her, there is no way for me to give you an exact answer to your question.
That being said, I can help you by giving your advice on what to do...
Since here pain is so severe I firmly believe that her best option is to get in to a doctor for a full exam today. That way the cause of her pain can be figured out and she can be given medication to get rid of her pain.
I realized that this was not the answer you were hoping to hear but it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information.
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Dr. Rick MD FACS
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Well, considering it's been on-going for years, just more severe as of recent, I feel some of your suggestions could be ruled out. She was a swimmer for quite sometime and she mentioned that was a cause of a lot of her distress. She has an appt tomorrow with her regular doctor, I am guessing an MRI or Xray is in order? She doesn't like taking medicine much to lessen the pain as it doesn't resolve the issue, however. I am just wondering what options are available to her to actually help this problem?
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 4 years ago.
I would think an MRI would give more information at this point.
The options available to her, with the exception of just "covering up" the pain with strong drugs like narcotics (Which I, like her, wouldn't want to do either) is to do just what you have planned: A complete physical exam by her doctor.
Actually, being in a swimmer and good physical shape will make things better in the long run -- no matter what the cause ends up being.
Please give your girlfriend my very best. I hope she feels better soon.
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Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 4 years ago.
I was just thinking about your girlfriend and wondering what her doctor found on Monday.
I hope it is nothing serious and she is feeling better already.
Let me know if I can do anything else to help in the future