Q. Why do I get back pain that worsens while walking?

Answered by
Dr. Divya Agarwal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 22, 2016 and last reviewed on: Nov 27, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have back pain that gets worse on walking. MRI reports did not show anything abnormal. When I walk, my back gets locked. I have been suffering with back problem since 15 years. I have rash across my face that looks similar to acne filled with pus. My blood reports showed uric acid 7.2, positive ANA, negative rheumatoid factor, 46 ESR, 420 platelet count, creatinine with estimated GFR more than 59 mL/min, lymphocytes (auto) 3.9 X 10^3, high cholesterol and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) 1.74 uIU/mL. I have lower back pain, stiffness, fatigue often, chronic acne that gets worse with sugar, irritable bowels, restless legs, restless body, easily bruised, PCOS, excessive hair growth, thinning hair, common yeast infections, popping joints, no menstrual cycle, weight gain, dry skin, depression and anxiety. It got better with Prednisone. I have attached my medicine list for your reference. Thank you.

Dr. Divya Agarwal



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  • The results do not indicate that you have any particular arthritis. The back pain and other symptoms could be a manifestation of fibromyalgia.
  • It is difficult to tell and may require a more detailed evaluation with the rheumatologist.
  • Some medication like Pregabalin may help; graded assisted exercises are also known to help with this. Other issues may be low levels of vitamin D, which may need to be supplemented.
  • Exercises especially guided to strengthen the back will be very useful.

For further information consult a rheumatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/rheumatologist

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