Lower back pain center
What is lower back pain with a nerve pain component?
Lower back pain is an extremely common health condition involving ligaments, small joints, muscles, tendons and/or nerves of the back.1 It can involve a mixture of nociceptive pain (pain arising from tissue damage or injury), and neuropathic pain (nerve pain), known as mixed pain.1,2 This condition may be caused by compression to nerves and/or inflammation in the spine.3
A number of conditions can cause lower back pain with a nerve pain component including:3
Narrowing of the back bone
Complicated/failed spinal/back surgery
Spinal cord injury
If you suffer from a spinal condition, it is important that you discuss any symptoms with your doctor.
How common is lower back pain with a nerve pain component?
Lower back pain is one of the more commonly experienced types of pain.4 Lower back pain that won’t go away may have a neuropathic, or nerve pain component.
It is important to describe your symptoms to your doctor, as this is the first step towards getting the right help.
Up to 4 in 5 people experience lower back pain at some point in their lives.4
Between 20–35% of people with low back pain experience nerve pain.3
Up to an estimated 2 in 5 elderly patients (aged ≥65 years) with chronic lower back pain have nerve pain.5
What does lower back pain with a nerve pain component feel like?
Lower back pain is a complex condition that can involve a mixture of pain resulting from tissue damage or injury (nociceptive pain) and nerve pain.1
The nerve pain component in lower back pain is often described as tingling, pins and needles, burning, freezing, stabbing, shooting, or electric shocks.6 This pain can be constant, or may come and go, may radiate to the arm or leg, and often gets worse at night.7
Burning/ on fire
Tingling/ pins & needles
Pain radiating to the arm or leg
Painful areas may become abnormally sensitive if you have nerve pain. For example, sensations that would usually not cause pain, such as clothes brushing against your skin or a cold draught of air, can be intensely painful experiences.6
Don’t ignore your pain
Lower back pain can negatively impact your quality of life.3 In addition to pain, a delay in treatment or misdiagnosis of the nerve pain component may lead to the development of other conditions including:8
There are specific treatments available for the nerve pain component of lower back pain. If you think you have lower back pain with a nerve pain component, make an appointment to see your doctor.
If you have pain that won’t go away, it’s important to get help.learn more