Identifying the specific symptoms and also describing them properly can often lead to a proper diagnosis of lower back pain. Here are some of them;
Dull, aching pain
Pain which remains within the lower back (also known as axial pain) is normally described as a dull and aching pain, instead of a stinging, sharp one. These pains are often accompanied with mild or severe muscle spasms, mobility which is limited, as well as aches in the hips and the pelvis.
Pain that travels to the buttocks, legs, and feet
Sometimes, the low back pain travels down the thighs and into the low leg areas and the feet and this condition is known as sciatica. Sciatica is caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerve, and it is usually felt on one side of the body, and not both sides of the body.
Pain that worsens after prolonged sitting
When you sit down, pressure is added to the discs, and it causes low back pain to worsen after sitting down for long periods of time. When you walk and stretch yourself, low back pain may be alleviated quickly, but when you return to a normal position, the pain returns.
Pain that feels better after changing positions
Depending on the cause of the pain, some positions will feel better and more comfortable than others. As an example if a person suffers from spinal stenosis, normal walking will be difficult and painful. However leaning forward on to something, a shopping cart for example, will reduce pain. If you are able to identify how symptoms change with shifting positions, it may become easier to narrow down the source of the pain.
Pain which is worse on waking up and better after moving around
A lot of people with low back pain experience heightened pain when they wake in the morning, and it gets better as they move about during the day. Pain in the morning is normally associated with long rest periods, decreased blood flow with sleep and quality of mattresses.