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Low Back Pain

Based on your answers, some of the most likely causes of your back pain include

  • degenerative joint disease (also called osteoarthritis)

  • polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)

  • disk disease

  • sciatica

  • spinal stenosis

  • compression fracture related to osteoporosis.

More than one of these may be present in the same person and there are other, rarer causes that could be responsible.

While over-the-counter pain medicines, a heating pad, and rest may be helpful, it is important that you see your doctor to evaluate these symptoms.

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