Is It Really Your Back That’s Hurting?

back care advice from our chiropractor in ealingA pain in the back means there is something wrong with your back, doesn’t it? Not so fast. According to our Ealing chiropractor, symptoms that manifest as back pain may actually be coming from an entirely different part of your body. Referred pain is pain felt in an area that is located some distance from its cause. While most cases of referred pain are not serious, it’s important that you’re aware of potential health conditions that can cause back pain.

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are hard pieces that form in the organ. This condition can cause sharp lower back pain, and you may also notice blood in your urine. Other symptoms to look out for include pain while urinating, and severe pain in your abdominal area, your side or your groin.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a rare condition in which the aorta enlarges, and is most common after the age of 60.

Symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm can include:

  • Passing out
  • Clammy skin
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shock


Similar to kidney stones, gallstones are hard pieces that form in the organ. Gallstones don’t always come with any symptoms, but when they do, they usually cause pain under the right shoulder blade.  Other signs to be aware of include severe upper abdominal pain on the right side and indigestion after eating a high fat or high protein meal.

Prostate Problems

Back pain can sometimes be a tell-tale sign of a serious prostate problem.  It’s crucially important that you get routine prostate check ups because the symptoms of a prostate problem, especially back pain, generally show up late.

Remember that you should always seek a diagnosis for your back pain. Back pain may be common, but that doesn’t make it a normal part of life.

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