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Lower Left Back Pain or Left Side Back Pain

lower left back painOne of the most common questions we receive is, what causes lower left side back pain?

Lower left back pain is a very common condition and has several causes. The key to get quick and lasting pain relief is in understanding what really causes it.

Often times the individual experiences a sharp pain in the lower left side of their back.

The two types of pain people describe suffering in their lower back are acute back pain and chronic back pain. Acute back pain is described as a sharp, burning or shooting pain, while chronic back pain is a dull and aching pain. One common symptom is constipation and back pain.

There are two general causes for pain in the lower left side of the back: neuropathic pain is caused by nerve tissue damage, and nociceptive pain is pain that occurs outside the nervous system. A pinched nerve is an example of neuropathic pain, and a condition such as arthritis is nociceptive pain.

Common Causes of Lower Left Back Pain:

  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pulled back muscle
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Muscle strain, injury or trauma to the back muscles, ligaments or joints
  • Trigger points
  • Stress / Negative emotions
  • Inflammation caused by diet
  • Compression of one of the lumbar nerves, sacral nerve or the sciatic nerve

If lower left back pain is particularly severe, it may be an indication of a herniated or ruptured disc, or sciatica.

Alongside the common causes listed above, lower left back pain can as well be a tightening of the sacroiliac joint, spinal joints and buttocks. The protection around the sacroiliac joint is less effective than other back joints, as the sacroiliac contains no disc.

When a tightening of the sacroiliac joint occurs, a person may experience pain in the buttocks as well because as the sacroiliac joint tightens, so do the surrounding muscles and ligaments.

Pain on the left side of the lower back can be caused by other conditions as well. This pain can be symptomatic of conditions such as a urinary tract infection, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoporosis, spondylolysis, gall bladder stones, kidney stones or a kidney infection. If the person experiencing the pain is female, it may be a symptom of a gynecological disorder. It should be noted that being obese might cause pain in the left side of the lower back as well.

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Recommended Treatments for Lower Left Side Back Pain:

  • Muscle Balance Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Inversion / Decompression Therapy
  • Acupuncture / Acupressure
  • Use a Back Support or Cushion (like the Freedom Back or  BackJoy)
  • Relaxation, Meditation, Journaling
  • Dietary improvements (ie. reducing foods that cause inflammation like dairy, wheat / gluten, sugar, nightshades)
  • Drink more clean, filtered water

Muscle imbalances are often the biggest underlying cause of lower left back pain. If you are not familiar with muscle imbalances, or muscle balance therapy, you definitely want to start here:

If a person suffers from lower left back pain for more than a day, it is recommended that they contact their primary care physician. It is incredibly important that the true, underlying causes of back pain are diagnosed before treatment can begin.

The doctor may utilize X-rays, MRIs, CT Scans, Mylelograms or Bone Scans in order to diagnose the cause of back pain in the lower left side. Treating back pain can involve taking pain relievers, starting an exercise program that focuses on the lower back, or attending physical therapy. If going to a doctor is not an option for you right now, use the resources below to identify home treatment options.

Left Side Back Pain Prevention:

There are several courses of action a person can take in order to prevent back pain on the lower left side:

  • While walking and sitting, keep a relatively upright posture
  • When lifting objects (heavy or light), always lift with the legs-never bend from the waist
  • Exercise; focus on working out the muscles in the core (abdomen and back)
  • Daily Stretching

If experiencing back pain, consult a doctor before beginning treatment.

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFTPain Relief Expert, Post Rehab Specialist.

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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42 thoughts on “Lower Left Back Pain or Left Side Back Pain”

  1. Sylmah says:

    When passing urine it takes much longer to empty the bladder. My lower left back pain is more severe first thing in the morning. I suffer from Arthritis as well but this is much better now.

  2. jalal krisht says:

    please i need help . …. i started playing badminton a week ago . the first 2 or 3 days were okay but then i started having lower back pain . every time i play and go home after my shower i start feeling the pain , if i sit or lie down it pains me when i try to get up , i cant carry anything . please could anyone help me with this problem . by the way im left handed so i use the racket in the left hand

    1. Randy says:

      Ice pack your lower back. Do not use heat . You have a disc pushing against a nerve. See a Chiropractor

  3. Admin says:

    Hi jalal,

    A good starting point is for you to get a copy of The Healthy Back Institute’s free back pain book. Education and understanding about your pain and learning about your possible treatment options is key. To learn more please visit the link below.

    http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html

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    Thank you

  4. Ali says:

    Hi,

    Lately, I have been feeling a lingering and dull pain in my left leg, specifically around the knee area but a numbness through the leg. I have had sharper pains in my leg in the past, but today I suddenly felt a sharp pain on my lower left back just above my left buttocks. The pain is excrutiating! I have managed to shift my body so that it doesn’t hurt much, but any sudden move I know the pain will shoot right back.

    What is it and how can i fix this?

    Thanks.

  5. Admin says:

    Hi Ali,

    Thank you for your enquiry.A very good starting point for you is to get our free back pain book which will help you to understand more about the back and to discuss various treatment options. You can learn more about it on the link below.

    http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html

    Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with after you have read the book.

    Thank you

  6. YFP says:

    Nice article. I think back pain management particularly during pregnancy is a must. One should take good care of herself.

  7. Steph says:

    Hi,

    For the past few days I have had really sharp pain in one confined spot on my lower left back that occasionally radiates down my left side (down my leg and up to my shoulder). Other than those times it’s been limited to one spot. I haven’t had any numbness or tingling, just really bad, sharp pain no matter my position. I’ve looked things up online, but nothing sounds like what I’ve been feeling. I had something like this happen last year, but it was much more severe. Last year it lasted for about two and a half weeks and it’s been less than a week this time.

    Any idea what this might be?
    Thanks,
    Steph

    1. Steve says:

      Steph, based on reading your post, there is a good bet that Trigger Points are playing a roll in what you feel, as TPs can come and go, and then when they come back be more painful, they can give you many different sensations, but the fact that you have such pain in one area, that says a lot and I would suggest that you do some research on Trigger Point, we have may article and videos on our site

      http://ltbp.wpengine.com/treatments/trigger-point-therapy/

      Steve

  8. Admin says:

    Hi Steph,

    Thank you for your question. Our free back pain book will help you to understand more about the back and to discuss various treatment options. This may be a useful start for you. Please read more about it on the link below.

    http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html

    Thank you

  9. Barry says:

    I’ve been suffering lower back pain on the left side for approximately 1 year now. I only experience it at night after lying on my back after a few hours. It then goes away a couple of hours after I get up in the morning. I have no pain all day or evening. I have had a ultra sound and urine annalysis with no results. What could the cause be?

  10. Admin says:

    Hi Barry,

    Thank you for explaining your issues. We would like to help and feel that you may find it useful to read our free back pain book which will help you to understand more about the back and to discuss various treatment options. This may be a useful approach for you to start with. Please read more about it and get your free copy via the link below.

    http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html

    Thank you
    Admin
    (The Healthy Back Institute)

  11. phillip lowe says:

    Hi I have been having an ache and tightness all down the left side of my back for 2years now.It seems to make my thighs ache and sometimes feel weak and shakey . I recently brought a back support to help me during the day witch is great as I do a physical job but cannot carry on like this.doctors not interested when been. Please any advice

  12. Admin says:

    Hi Phillip,

    Thank you for your post and query.

    We would like to help and our free back pain book will be a good starting point to help you to understand more about the back and the treatment options that you can consider. Please read more about by following the link below.

    http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html

    Thank you
    Admin
    (The Healthy Back Institute)

  13. imelda mendoza says:

    hello, my name is imelda please i would like to ask some help to my pain , i had a pain at my left lower back since 4mos.from now, my routine work still going on but my pain is still especially when i sit down longer and when i sleep, i get rid of it , please help me to cure this pain to what to do , i had no time enough always to go to the physician to do check up . hope can help me .

    Yours trully,
    imelda

  14. Admin says:

    Hi Imelda,

    Thank you for your query and explaining your pain.

    We would like to help you. A good start for you is to please take a look at our free back pain book which will help you to understand more about the back and the treatment options for you to consider. Please read more about by following the link below.

    http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html

    It is wise to have a check up with your doctor as well.

    Thank you
    Admin
    (The Healthy Back Institute)

  15. Ashleigh says:

    Hello,

    Today at work I noticed my lower back was very tight and sore. As the day went on, it got worse. At home I have a shooting pain from my lower left back through my buttocks down my leg. I am suddenly very stiff, and in pain. I am a receptionist and I have not done any strenuous activity recently. Any ideas?

  16. Admin says:

    Hi Ashleigh,

    Do get yourself a copy of our free back pain book which will help you to understand the possible causes of pain, various treatment options, pain relief options and steps for you to consider. Please read more about by following the link below.

    http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html

    Thank you
    Admin
    (The Healthy Back Institute)

  17. Ellen says:

    I suffer from pain in my back only at night. The pain is more to the left side spreading over to the front, just below my ribs. What I find strange, is that even though the are is tender to touch during the day, I suffer from severe pain mostly at night when lying down. Any ideas what it could be? I am not losing wieht and I do have a spactic colon, but it is more or less under control.

  18. Admin says:

    Hi Ellen,

    To help you understand more about the back and possible causes of pain get yourself a copy of our free back pain book. It also details treatment options and pain relief for you to consider.

    http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html

    Also consider getting a check up by your physician.

    Thank you
    Admin
    (The Healthy Back Institute)

  19. Jane says:

    I have trouble with my sacrum and sacroiliac joint coming out of place. It is excrutiating and the pain totally takes over my body from the pain at the source, to my mood and even my thoughts. I haven’t found anything yet that prevents it happening. I only know that Osteopath appointments and cranial sacral therapy are what fixes it again.

  20. Admin says:

    Hi Jane,

    You may like to get a copy of our free back pain book The 7 Day Back Pain Cure. It will help you understand more about the back, treatment options and pain relief for you to consider. We hope you find it helpful.

    http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html
    Thank you
    Admin
    (The Healthy Back Institute)

  21. Paul smith says:

    Pain in lower back and shoulders Dr say it’s my diabetes its getting all the blame for my problem I have used a lot of chiropractors some give up on me saying they can’t help I will be 78years old I am trying Dr Roberts Calcium lie 2 recommendations I need too get the hair test so far lost points on glucose test

  22. Sarah says:

    Please help; around last november i had small kidney stones and was in pain in the front of my lower left stomach for weeks. The pain left then i started getting pains on the same location but only on my back. This pain has been going on for months now and i don’t know what to do. It hurts when i lay down, and when i sit down and get in a specific position.

  23. Kira says:

    I have been experiencing left back pain every time I drink any type of drink whether it is water, juice or coke (but not alcohol). The pain comes and goes but unexpectedly. I first started experiencing it yesterday night while i was drinking hot chocolate. Then today it came back again but went away after I finished eating. It is a sharp pain that feels like it shoots up the left side of my back.

  24. Steve HBI Staf says:

    Sarah, if you do not know if the stone has passed you need to see a urologist, ASAP…

    Steve, HBI-Staff

  25. Steve HBI Staf says:

    Kira, Same goes for you to, if you do not now why you are having the pain, you have to see a Dr, as no one on this blog can give you a diagnosis or tell you want to do…

    Steve, HBI-Staff

  26. Barbara Smith says:

    I have pain in the lower …right… side of my back Any thoughts on that

  27. Barbara Smith says:

    CONTINUED: I have this pain for years and I go back to 2009 when I had my right hip prosthesis break. They put in a new one. Since then I get this excruciating pain on the right side if…..I walk too long….run the sweeper, etc I have done P.T. ….exercises….nothing helps. My doctor says now it’s also a pinched nerve along with the excruciating pain. Going to see specialist next week. Am wondering ….some prosthesis are being recalled but I don’t know if MINE is the one. I also have the left HIP replaced. THANK you

  28. Admin says:

    Hi Barbara,
    Thank you for your comments and explaining your situation. We would like to suggest you get yourself a copy of our free back pain book -The 7 Day Back Pain Cure which has suggestions and information regarding pain relief methods, different treatment options, information and other useful aspects to help. You can find out more via the link below

    http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html

    Thank you
    Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  29. JYOTI SINGH says:

    having pain at left back side as well as lower abdomen it is like something burning inside, sometimes for 1 or 2 hours i got relief from pain but all the time it pains a lot,,,, Kindly suggest what it can be….

  30. Dan says:

    I have pain in the lower back pain sometimes is on the right and sometimes on the left side since from last year November till today please help me. I try to go to the Doctors but nothing is helping.

  31. Admin says:

    Hi Dan,
    We would like to suggest you get a copy of our free back pain book -The 7 Day Back Pain Cure. It has lots of information about back pain, pain relief methods for you to try, information and education about the back and treatment options you can consider. It has a lot of other useful information you will find helpful as well. Please read more about the book and its contents via the link below

    http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html

    Thank you
    Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  32. Steve says:

    JYOTI,

    Sometime we suggest our book called The 7 Day Back Pain Cure as we like to have our members more educated and aware of their options when dealing with their health care provides and sometime we have to say straight out go to the Doctor, there is no way anyone can tell you or suggest what could be going on inside your body, Please go to see your physician…

    Steve

  33. Meagen says:

    Sorry to all of you guys with back pain it is seriously nothing to brush off or take lightly. Im 28 years old and have had 3 failed back surgeries permanent nerve damage on my right foot required to wear a foot brace and now i am going to be working on getting yet another referral for an MRI. for anyone who goes to the doctor and gets told “you just pulled a muscle”rest for a couple days . if those couple days go by and your still in pain keep going back till you get an MRI. A doctor cant see inside your back but the machine will tell you exactly the problem. I had my first surgery at 16 years old i cant even remember how many times i was told to rest and stress from high scool ect.. Long story short dont be fooled by those uneducated doctors who send you on your way do self research. Take care all

  34. Shannon says:

    I have been having a pain in the middle of my back that goes all around my whole side to the front of my tummy its feels like a burning achey pain. Help???

  35. Admin says:

    Hi Shannon,

    We would like to suggest that you watch this video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYY72u4B1JI&t=74s

    Also we suggest you get a copy of our free back pain book -The 7 Day Back Pain Cure. It has lots of information to understand back pain better along with pain relief methods for you to try. You will also find useful information and treatment options. It has a lot of other useful information you will find helpful as well when dealing with back pain. Please read more about the book and its contents via the link below

    http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html

    Thank you
    Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  36. Admin says:

    HI Meagen,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is stories like yours that compelled us to write our 7 Day Back Pain Cure book. If you do not already have it , we suggest you get yourself a free copy. It has lots of information to understand back pain better along with pain relief methods and treatment options to consider. You will also find useful information and education about the back. Please read more about the book and its contents via the link below

    http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html

    Thank you
    Admin(The Healthy Back Institute)

  37. puja says:

    my problems is left side lower back pain not too much i can telarateted but 4to 5 years ago started my left side hip , left sight west and left side thiigh and knee really bothers. when specially i walked my left whole leg bothersme and i became a slow not too much pain feels discomfrot. my problems is i sit too much time on sofa. . after sit long time then feel walking problems. if i lees sit sofa lees bothers. what is that . i had kidney transplant 1992. dr can not catch it. what is the solution. some time whole leg left side bothers.

  38. Admin says:

    Hi Puja,

    Thank you for posting with your symptoms and questions. Please get yourself a copy of our Free book the 7 Day Back Pain Cure. We believe that education is the number one step for anyone and key for dealing with backpain issues, so suggest as a good first step to help you.

    The book has information to understand back pain better and pain relief methods to consider. It also covers different treatment options. The book has a lot of other useful health related information you will find helpful as well when dealing with pain. Please read more about the 7 Day Back Pain Cure book and how it can help you via the link below

    http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html

    Our Best Wishes, Thank you
    Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  39. Dave Curle says:

    hi my back is spasming on the left side. it normally occurs between the Base of the shoulder blade and the Base of the spine. it normally starts around late afternoon and lasts until I have a bath after I get home.

    1. Admin says:

      Hi Dave,

      Thank you for your comment and we would like to help. We feel that education is key to understanding and addressing back issues and suggest for further information to help you a copy of our Free book, “The 7 Day Back Pain Cure”.

      The book discusses back pain and related conditions, pain relief methods to try, treatment options to consider, causes of back pain, pain relief action plans and other useful information related to back pain.

      Please read more details about the 7 Day Back Pain Cure book via the link below

      http://www.losethebackpain.com/7daybackpaincure.html

      Our Best Wishes, Thank you
      Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

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