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Causes of Backache

Introduction: Backache

There are many potential causes of a backache. A backache can be due to a wide variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions. A backache can result from infection, trauma, malignancy, genetic disorders and other abnormal processes.

Many causes of backache are due to diseases, disorders and conditions of the spinal column, made up of bones called vertebrae, and/or the spinal cord, which contains nerves.

Chronic degenerative conditions of the spinal column that cause a backache include osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Bone cancer can also cause pain in the spinal column.

Infectious diseases and conditions of the spinal cord or the membranes that cover it that can cause a backache include meningitis and epidural abscesses.

A backache can be the result of a wide variety of traumatic conditions, including thoracic spine fracture, lumbar spine fracture, muscle strain, back strain, slipped disc, contusions, sports injuries, spinal cord dissection, and dislocations.

A backache can also occur due to diseases, disorders or conditions in other parts of the body, such as the abdomen and pelvis. This can include pregnancy, labor and delivery, endometriosis, abdominal obesity and gallstones.

Pain in the lateral or side area of the mid to lower back is called flank pain. Flank pain can be due to kidney stones or a serious kidney infection called pyelonephritis.

Because a backache can be a symptom of a serious disease, condition or disorder, it should be evaluated by a physician or other licensed health care provider.

Causes of Backache listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Backache as a symptom include:

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Conditions listing medical symptoms: Backache:

The following list of conditions have 'Backache' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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List of 66 causes of Backache

This section shows a full list of all the diseases and conditions listed as a possible cause of Backache in our database from various sources.

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Drug side effect causes of Backache

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins may possibly cause Backache as a side effect.

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