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Mevacor (Lovastatin)

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BACK PAIN: MORE CAUSES OF ACUTE BACK PAIN
There are other, less common causes of acute back pain that you should know about. If you have any of the warning signs, you should talk with your doctor. If you also have weight loss, fever, severe pain in a bone, or pain in the abdomen, you should seek early medical evaluation.
Arthritis is one problem that can affect the back; fracture of the spine due to osteoporosis is another. Diseases of internal organs, such as cancer or infections around the spine, can also cause back pain. Some of these medical problems may not improve until they are treated – and early treatment is usually most effective in preventing future complications.
For example, a fracture of a bone in the lower (lumbar) spine can cause severe acute back pain. This problem is most common in women over 50 years old, and the culprit is usually osteoporosis, which can now be treated. Early treatment can strengthen the bones and help prevent fractures in the hip, a common and dangerous injury among elderly people.
We recently saw a 55-year-old woman who developed severe lower back pain after she had moved to Florida. She remembered no injury. She was found to have a fracture in one of the bones of the lower spine. The fracture healed with only rest and her pain was controlled with medication. But osteoporosis was suspected as the cause of the fracture in the spine. Simple tests showed that the bones in her spine and hip were indeed thinner than normal. She began the effective treatment now available to try to strengthen bones all over the body. The treatment increases her chances of preventing a broken hip (hip fracture), which could be deadly, and of preventing another fracture in her spine, the source of her back pain.
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