View Full Version : Lower back pain & Lupus?

01-16-2010, 03:40 PM
Ok I have heard the back is not involved in lupus,howeverI have lower back aches from standing too long and the ache wraps around my hips into my stomach. It is also accompanied by burning/warmth & it kinda feels like cramps when you get your period only theres no cramping just the other symptoms associated w/it. I dont have it all the time but when my lupus is flarinf I notice it more. Anyone know what it could be or have you experienced it before? =/

01-16-2010, 08:04 PM
I do have lowerback, upper back and neck pain, excrutiating pain. But, I also have RA, so I could not tell you which of my two " friends", lupus or RA give me this pain.


01-17-2010, 12:49 PM
Lupus is an immune disease that can attack many internal organs and tissues. The classic parts of the skeleton that can be affected by the inflammation of lupus are the peripheral joints - the joints away from the spine, such as the small joints of the hands and feet, the wrists, knees, elbows, ankles, and shoulders. Lupus commonly causes arthritis in these joints. The spine is generally spared from the inflammation of lupus.

Lupus can cause neck and back pain, however, this occurs because muscles can become inflamed by lupus. Furthermore, the muscle pain syndrome called fibromyalgia that can cause pain in these areas is commonly associated with lupus. Also, cortisone medications, that are frequently needed for lupus, can weaken the bones of the spine, leading to breakage (fractures) of vertebrae. Also, a rare complication of lupus that involves inflammation of the spinal cord (transverse myelitis) can be associated with back pain.

Finally, neck and back pain most frequently results from injury or wear and tear (degenerative change with aging). This is true in the general population and is also true for patients with lupus. However, there are many causes of pains in these areas, ranging from organ disease (such as kidney problems and others) to disc herniations.

In order to find out what the exact cause of your lower back pain is, you may have to consult your doctor.

Peace and Blessings

01-19-2010, 09:51 PM
Saysusie nailed it.

Many of us have fibromyalgia that goes along with Lupus. I have nonstop lower back pain and was told it was due to fibro. Everyone is different; I would definately talk to your doctor about it and see what he/she says. Fibro is not life threatening; just painful (just is said sarcastically.) lol. A good book is Fibromyalgia for Patients and Families by Dr. Daniel Wallace. It can be found on amazon or at the local library.

Take care and let us know what the doctor says.

God Bless,