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Friday, March 7, 2014
Spine and Back Health
Lower Left Back Pain - Tied to Sugar
Hi, I`m a 35 year old man, 5`10" 190 lbs. I`ve been having problems waking up with an intense pain in my lower left back, just under the ribs. This has been happening for a couple of weeks now. The pain seems to get better after I stand up for a while. I`ve noticed that it seems to be worse the day after I eat a lot of sugar. I tried going a day without any sugar and it was the first day I didn`t wake up with pain. I`ve decided to give up sodas and try to avoid sweets, but I`m concerned that there may be a serious problem and want to know if there is anything I need to do.
Your pain sounds musculoskeletal in nature; for instance, it may be related to a strained muscle, or to a problem with the discs in your spine. It is difficult to imagine how it could be related to eating, or not eating, sugar -- but since you are overweight, it would not be a bad idea to have yourself tested for diabetes. For the back pain, have your doctor examine you and show him/her exactly where the pain is. Then the cause can better be determined, and the appropriate tests can be ordered.
Mildred Lam, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University