A swift, razor-sharp and severe lower back pain can be so agonizing that you simply have to stop everything that you are doing. You are rendered helpless as you wait for the pain to subside. You tend to not know immediately what the cause of the pain is. Because of this, you also will not know what to do to minimize the likelihood that it will occur again.
The cause of some back aches may be immediately apparent. For example, if you have been parked in front of a computer for several hours without respite, you are likely to feel a dull aching on your back. If you drive for hours on end, you will feel a neck and some parts of the upper back start to cramp and go stiff. You can immediately pinpoint the cause of the back pains.
However, in the case of sharp and severe pains, it may take quite a while to correctly diagnose the cause.
There are a variety of reasons, though, some familiar, others not-so-familiar, for such pains. Some are said to be medical in character; others have mechanical basis. The latter refers to problems which are directly related to the bones, discs, ligaments, or muscles situated on your back.
A traumatic event or recurring stress may cause the back muscles to go stiff or to contract for an unduly long period. This, in turn, may bring on a muscular spasm. The back muscles go into spasmodic movements to prevent the spine from being injured further. The spasms will trigger a jagged kind of pain, either in the upper or lower section of your back.
A herniated disc goes by many names. It is also referred to as a bulging-disc, slipped-disc, ruptured-disc, or pinched-nerve. Whatever you choose to call it, the fact remains that it causes an unexpected sharp and major twinge. If you lift heavy things like furniture or the like in the wrong way, putting undue stress on your back, or engage in excessively back-breaking type of work, you are likely to suffer a herniated disc. Also, another form of herniated disc pain is sciatica. It is characterized by a sharp back pain which feels like a very painful shooting pain emanating from the back onto the buttocks and down the legs.
This refers to a crack in the spinal bones (or the vertebrae). It may be a result of a really bad fall or a vehicular accident with the back receiving the brunt of the fall. Or it can be a result of the degeneration of the bones (osteoporosis). Whatever the cause, the pain is usually really sharp.
Asosteomyelitis is an unusual condition where the vertebrae become infected. Fever, chills, and other symptoms usually accompany the pain.
Sometimes, the back pain can be attributed to something that is not immediately apparent. There are causes which are considered not-so-common. As an illustration, if a major artery located in the abdomen bursts for whatever reason (in what is known as ruptured splenic artery aneurism in medical circles), this may trigger sharp pain in the back. Other medical conditions, pyelonephritis (kidney infection) and pleurisy (infections set in the linings of the lungs) among them, come with pains closely akin to back pains. In such cases, if the ailments themselves are addressed and become cured, the back pain will likewise disappear.
It is always best to go for a medical check-up if you feel severe lower back pain with the cause leaving you puzzled. Your back pains may be resolved by basic remedies. Or, if they are caused by something else, that “something else” should be addressed as soon as reasonable so that there will be no further complications.2016-08-05