Common symptoms of lower back pain

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF LOWER BACK PAIN

Specifically identifying and describing symptoms can help doctors lead to a more accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan for lower back pain.

Combination of symptoms describing lower back pain are:

Dull, aching pain

Pain that remains within the low back is usually described as dull and aching rather than burning, stinging, or sharp. This kind of pain can be accompanied by mild or severe muscle spasms, limited mobility, and aches in the hips and pelvis.

Pain that travels to the buttocks, legs, and feet

Sometimes low back pain includes a sharp, stinging, tingling or numb sensation that moves down the thighs and into the low legs and feet, also called sciatica. Sciatica is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve and is usually only felt on one side of the body.

Pain that is worse after prolonged sitting

Sitting puts pressure on the discs, causing low back pain to worsen after sitting for long periods. Walking and stretching can alleviate low back pain quickly, but returning to a sitting position may cause symptoms to return.

Pain that is worse after waking up and better after moving around

Many who experience low back pain report symptoms that are worse first thing in the morning. After getting up and moving around symptoms are relieved. Pain in the morning is due to stiffness caused by long periods of rest, decreased blood flow with sleep, and possibly the quality of mattress and pillows used. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/back-pain/