Q. I have a sharp stabbing pain in left flank with no kidney stone. Is it related to spinal nerve?

Answered by
Dr. Vaibhav Ramesh Gandhi
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Dec 20, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am a 48-year-old male in reasonable health other than a back problem that leaves me unable to sleep. I am having sharp stabbing pain in my left flank, only when I lay in bed and change positions. I am negative for kidney stones, so assume it is spinal nerve related.

I only get relief when I take 30 mg immediate-release Oxycodone and have been obtaining them illegally. I have no health insurance and would like a legal alternative for obtaining this medication. I do not use them recreationally and only take a maximum of two per day. Do you have any advise?

Dr. Vaibhav Ramesh Gandhi

Orthopedics And Traumatology


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have studied your case. There is a possibility of spinal disc bulge leading to back pain. I will advise you to do MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) spine to see for any disc bulge or spinal canal stenosis. And also check your vitamin B12 and vitamin D3 levels.

Medication like Methylcobalamine and analgesic will reduce pain. You can continue yoga exercises and focus on spine extension exercises.

Some exercises which can be done include spine extension exercises, lying on your stomach flat and lift the leg six inches from the ground, do it for other leg. Now lift both hand and leg simultaneously, six inches off the ground and stay. Position for around ten breathes. Core stabilizing spine exercises will help.

You may consult a physiotherapist for guidance. He may start TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), or ultrasound which is helpful in your case. If not relieved you can take an epidural injection. You can cure the disease by doing all modalities with balancing your posture habits.

I hope this helps.

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