Don’t be surprised but these symptoms could actually be why you’re having back pain.
When you’re sick with the cold or flu, your stress hormones might elevate and cause the feeling of pain. It makes you extra sensitive to other aches and pains that you might otherwise shrug off. Also, during this time your body tends to produce pyrogens to create fevers and help your body fight infection, but they’re also toxic to the body and contribute to that achy feeling you get when sick. Pyrogens tend to gather around nerves that transmit pain so if you’re backache prone it can worsen it.
The infection deep within the lungs can often manifest as pain in the middle back. If your back pain is associated with fever, difficulty breathing and persistent cough, then it’s a sign that you’re suffering from pneumonia and not a pulled muscle.
When a person is suffering from kidney stone, it can also feel like a muscle pull in the mid-back, somewhere around the rib cage. But if there’s no obvious injury, that excruciating pain that comes with your backache is not normal.
Women who are already susceptible to back pain can have their aches made worse by endometriosis. The condition in which the uterine lining grows outside the uterus and irritates surrounding tissue, can lead to abdominal and lower back pain that spikes during the menstrual period.
The hardening of the arteries affects the large blood vessels, which run right in front of the spine. In the elderly, atherosclerosis can cause weakening of the wall of the large arterial blood vessel in the abdomen which may lead to a bulging (aneurysm) of the aorta wall. This can send a pulsating low back pain.
Though extremely rare, bacterial infections of the discs or bones in the spine can happen. It is possible to contract Tuberculosis in the spine, which is called Pott’s disease. Generally, bacterial infections of bones or discs could be a contributing factor to back ache, they’re usually quite serious.
Shingles is caused by a virus called Herpes Zoster, the same virus that causes chicken pox. Shingles affects the nerves that provide sensation to the skin. It is believed that after you fight off chicken pox, the virus lies dormant in the nerve roots. So in most people, it never acts up again as Shingles but in times of extreme stress or people with a compromised immune system, it can present itself. When it strikes, it can cause pain along the nerves, especially lumbar nerves in your lower back.