Various different medical conditions can cause lower back pain and nausea. Depending on the severity and location of the pain and whether there are any other accompanying symptoms, nausea may be either directly related to the pain or be caused by the pain itself. Lower Back pain and nausea may also be the resulting symptoms of an underlying disease of the kidneys, intestines, ovaries, or spinal column misalignment.
Menstruation and Pregnancy
Common causes of lower back pain and nausea can occur with the presence of menstrual cramps; however, perhaps one of the most common causes of lower back pain and, perhaps, the most frequent occurrence of lower back pain and nausea is in pregnancy. This is because the expanding uterus can stretch out and weaken abdominal muscles, which can in turn alter posture and place strain on the back. Additionally, lower back pain may be caused if the uterus is pressing on a nerve.
Common Causes of Lower Back Pain and Nausea
The presence of kidney stones will often be responsible for lower back pain with nausea. Kidney stones are the result of an overage of a specific substance in the urine; commonly calcium. When a kidney stone attempts to flush itself out with the urine flow it can cause a blockage and result in kidney swelling. Other possible causes might indicate serious issues such as multiple myeloma, a brain abscess, or renal cell carcinoma to name a couple. Lower back pain, if also located on the (right) side of the waist may indicate an issue with the appendix and is often accompanied by nausea. Appendicitis generally displays acute pain but may be gradual as well.
Other factors may cause lower back pain and, if the pain is severe or specific to an area in the body, the feeling of nausea will usually occur. Back pain can result from a number of issues including tight or strained muscles, stress, or spondylolisthesis; a misalignment of the spinal column. Sometimes a spinal break can occur from abnormal movements of the spine or a birth defect. Degenerative issues often cause the ligaments that act as a bridge between spinal discs to shrink, thus causing instability of the spine.
Possible Solutions for Lower Back Pain and Nausea
Often, regular stretching or yoga techniques will help ease back pain and anti-inflammatories (NSAID), such as ibuprofen, may also prove helpful. If pain is severe and persistent, a physician may recommend an x-ray in order to determine whether the pain is a result of a developmental or degenerative disorder. Additionally, a physician may suggest an ultrasound to determine whether an internal development such as an ovarian cyst might be the cause of the pain.
Many people may decide to ignore any symptoms involving lower back pain and nausea, but keep in mind that it might be a warning sign of something serious. Unless the pain is sharp, try stretching and using anti inflammatories to see if the problem can be resolved, but contact your physician if no improvement has been made within a couple of days.