Nocturnal pain is lower back pain which indicates serious issues in the spine. All over the world, people are facing this problem. In most cases, if the person takes preventive measures and follows the doctor’s guidelines the problem can be managed right away. This guide is going to give you a brief knowledge of nocturnal pain.
What is nocturnal pain?
Nocturnal pain is also referred to as night time back pain. With normal back pain, the person can get relief when they rest. but, with nocturnal pain, even lying down does not help the person. In some cases, it is possible that the pain can get worse with time and when they lie down they experience they have severe pain. This means all day long there will be no pain but at night he or she is not able to have quality sleep.
Causes of nocturnal pain
With nocturnal pain, the cause of pain is not clear. There are different reasons which can result in pain at night and some of the reasons include:
- Problem with the spine movement or other mechanical issues and the most common one is disc degeneration. The disc works like a shock absorber and with age, it can break down.
- Injuries such as sprains or fractures, or due to sudden fall or an accident can also result in pain.
- Some of the diseases like spinal stenosis, the curvature of the spine, kidney stone, pregnancy, certain forms of cancer, arthritis, or scoliosis can lead to lower back pain.
In some cases, the exact cause is not known so you need to make sure to seek medical help right away and get a suitable treatment plan.
Is Nocturnal pain a sign of something serious?
Nocturnal pain can be the sign of a spinal tumor that starts from the spine or somewhere else on the body and then reaches the spine. Given below are some of the red flags which trigger you might be experiencing nocturnal pain:
- Back pain that spreads down one or both legs
- Numbness, Weakness, or tingling in legs
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Spots warm to the touch
- Unexplained weight loss
- Pain or throbbing in your abdomen
- History of cancer
- History of a suppressed immune system
- History of trauma
In case you are facing any of the above-mentioned symptoms or more, then you need to seek medical attention right away. Additionally, if you have a history of lower pain then make sure to tell your doctor. In case, you have an injury and it triggered the pain, then call for medical help. It is important to take immediate action rather than waiting for a long time to seek medical care.
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