Published on August 28, 2012
If you suffer from back pain or low back pain you already know how debilitating and painful this condition can be. In some cases, back pain can be so excruciating that it makes you feel sick and causes nausea or vomiting.
Some of the most common causes of upper and lower back pain include prolonged sitting, poor posture habits, repetitive strain, soft tissue damage, injury, spinal misalignment, muscular irritation, joint dysfunction, and a slipped or herniated disc.
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However, bear in mind that not all instances of back pain are actually caused by a back problem. In fact, back pain and nausea are symptoms associated with a number of different medical conditions, all of which can refer pain to the back.
Since several human organs are nestled in the torso area, dysfunction of any one of these can result in back pain. For example, a problem with your kidneys – such as kidney stones or a kidney infection – can give rise to pain below the ribs, pain around the torso, pain radiating into the lower abdomen or groin area, back pain, nausea and vomiting. Hence the very same symptoms, lower back pain and nausea, may have altogether different causes.
Similarly, ovarian cysts in women can put pressure on internal organs such as the bladder or kidneys, causing abdominal pain, pelvic pain, lower or upper back pain, nausea or vomiting, frequent urination, fatigue, and more. If you are a woman who is experiencing persistent back pain, you may have an ovarian cyst (a fluid-filled sac which forms on the ovaries), a condition which occurs most frequently during a female’s reproductive years but which may affect women of any age.
Likewise, a gall bladder infection, gallstones, or gall bladder disease can also manifest in intense abdominal and back pain, along with abdominal bloating, nausea and vomiting. Other conditions where back pain and nausea may occur together are appendicitis,
intestinal problems, and peptic ulcers.
In all cases of nausea with associated back pain, it’s important to avoid self-diagnosing and self-treating. Remember, you may have an organic condition rather than a musculoskeletal problem. The pain you are experiencing may not be related to your back at all and may simply just be a referral of pain from an internal organ. It is crucial to understand that low back pain is just a symptom and not a diagnosis.
What should you do? Err on the side of caution and seek the guidance of a physician or regulated health care professional as soon as possible to obtain a proper diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is established, you are one step closer to receiving treatment for your back pain and for learning techniques and exercises which can help you achieve some well-deserved relief from your painful condition.