A backache is an ache or pain in the lower back area. It may be caused by a variety of reasons, including poor posture, muscle strain, arthritis, etc.
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What is a backache?
A backache is a pain felt in the lower back area. It may be caused by muscle strain or injury.
There are many types of backaches. They include:
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
- Disc Herniation
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Lab Tests for Diagnosing Backache Problems
Often a sample of blood or joint fluid can help your doctor confirm a diagnosis. For example, a blood test showing high blood levels of rheumatoid factor, an antibody that acts against the blood component gamma globulin or antibody called anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibody (anti-CCP) may suggest rheumatoid arthritis. High levels of antinuclear antibodies (ANAs), abnormal antibodies directed against the cell’s nuclei, could suggest lupus or another inflammatory disease.
For people with arthritis of the spine, a finding of a specific genetic marker called HLA-B27 in the blood can help the doctor identify a possible diagnosis of a spondylarthropathy, such as ankylosing spondylitis or reactive arthritis. Although the genetic marker is more common in people with these diseases, perfectly healthy people can have it. For that reason, a positive HLA-B27 test does not mean you have one of these diseases.
Tests of fluid drawn from the joint with a needle may reveal crystals of uric acid, confirming a diagnosis of gout, or a bacterium, suggesting that joint inflammation is caused by an infection.
- RA Factor Test
- Anti CCP Test
- HLA B27 Test
- HLA B27 PCR Test
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