Back pain can result from a wide range of causes, some of which can be unusual or unexpected. While the most common causes of back pain are related to muscle strain, herniated discs, or degenerative conditions, but here are some unusual causes of back pain:
- Emotional Stress: Emotional stress and tension can lead to muscle tightness and spasms in the back, causing pain. This is sometimes referred to as psychogenic or psychosomatic back pain, but at DPPS we find that even emotional caused back pain has physical components that should be treated. We treat this with P-DTR®, a neurologically based modality that can work with emotions, organs, and meridians in a way that relieves emotional stress and improves the function of the spine and surrounding muscles. We will also often treat this with hypnosis, which is very effective in eliminating emotional triggers for back pain and dysfunction. Here is a video about hypnosis where Noah Drucker discusses how hypnosis eliminated his debilitating lifelong back pain.
- Kidney Stones: Kidney stones can cause severe back pain, especially if they become lodged in the ureter, which is the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder. The pain can be sharp and intense, often radiating from the lower back to the abdomen and groin. At DPPS, if we suspect this condition, we will immediately refer out to your PCP.
- Pancreatitis: Inflammation of the pancreas, known as pancreatitis, can cause back pain that is usually located in the upper back. It may be accompanied by other symptoms like abdominal pain and nausea. This is a severe condition, and needs emergency care.
- Shingles (Herpes Zoster): Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. It can result in a painful skin rash and nerve inflammation, which can cause back pain if the affected nerves are in the back. Sometimes we can influence the healing trajectory of this condition by supporting the body holistically, which we do using P-DTR® and Inner Freedom Technique.
- Spinal Infections: Infections of the spine, such as spinal osteomyelitis or epidural abscess, can lead to back pain. These infections are relatively rare but can be serious.
- Aortic Aneurysm: An aortic aneurysm is a bulging or weakening of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body. If it occurs in the abdominal or thoracic region of the aorta, it can cause severe back pain, often described as deep and pulsating.
- Paget’s Disease of Bone: Paget’s disease is a rare condition that affects bone remodeling. It can lead to deformities and bone pain, which may include back pain if the spine is affected.
- Ankylosing Spondylitis: Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the spine. It can cause chronic back pain and stiffness, often starting in the lower back.
- Tumors: While uncommon, tumors in the spine or nearby structures can cause back pain. These tumors can be benign or malignant.
- Referred Pain: Sometimes, pain in one part of the body can be referred to the back. For example, certain gastrointestinal conditions, like gallbladder or liver issues, can cause back pain.
- Rare Neurological Conditions: Rare neurological disorders like spinal cord tumors or syringomyelia can lead to back pain, often accompanied by neurological symptoms.
It’s important to note that if you experience persistent or severe back pain, you should seek medical evaluation to determine the underlying cause. Unusual or atypical causes of back pain may require specialized diagnosis and treatment. However, at Denver Pain and Performance Solutions, we can often help these conditions heal more quickly by supporting the body through the healing process, helping the nervous regulate, and reducing the emotional stress caused by experiencing the condition. Please reach out if you have questions here: https://denverpainandperformance.com/contact/