Low back pain can include a broad variety of symptoms.
It can be rather mild and merely annoying or it can be severe and debilitating.
Low back pain may start suddenly, or it could start slowly — possibly coming and going — and gradually get worse over time.
Depending on the underlying cause(s) of the pain, symptoms can be experienced in a variety of ways.
- Pain that is dull or achy, contained to the low back
- Stinging, burning pain that moves from the low back to the backs of the thighs, sometimes into the lower legs or feet; can include numbness or tingling (sciatica)
- Muscle spasms and tightness in the low back, pelvis, and hips
- Pain that worsens after prolonged sitting or standing
- Difficulty standing up straight, walking, or going from standing to sitting