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Mid-Back Pain & Tingling

By Melanie Jones ; Updated August 14, 2017

Back pain and tingling can occur suddenly or it can be a chronic problem. Check with your doctor or a specialist in spinal issues to ensure that no serious problems are present. Back pain can occasionally be treated at home with exercises and over-the-counter medicines, but serious conditions may require medical help.

Cause

Back pain can be caused by arthritic factors such as bone spurs, an injury or strain to the back, herniated disc in the back, an infection or in rare cases a spinal tumor. Strains in the back are caused by improper lifting, moving items or by a sudden awkward movement, according to MayoClinic.com.

Symptoms

Symptoms of back pain include a focal back pain, pain in the hips, buttocks, or down the legs. With focal back pain, you might have a fracture or herniated disc. If the herniated disc or a bone spur begins to pinch a nerve, pain might travel down your legs, you'll experience numbness or tingling in the legs, numbness or tingling in the groin or a loss of control of the bowels or bladder, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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Diagnostic Studies

A medical professional will order diagnostic studies to gather more information for acute or severe back pain. A MRI scan might be done to determine whether you have herniated discs, a pinched nerve or spinal tumors. A CT scan can be done to determine whether you have any fractured vertebrae in the back. An EMG/NCV (nerve conduction study) can be done to determine which nerve is being pinched or if neuropathy is present, according to MayoClinic.com.

Medical Treatment

Treatment for back pain and tingling can be given in a number of ways. Physicians might begin with conservative therapy in the form of physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, other spinal injections, and medications. If these options do not help to relieve the pain and tingling, surgery will be considered.

At-Home Treatment

People with back pain can choose to do some at-home treatment to help with back pain. Taking anti-inflammatory medications often helps to reduce swelling around nerves and relieve the back pain. Alternating between heat and cold packs may also help with the pain relief.

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