What are the causes of persistent nausea & back pain?

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What are the causes of persistent nausea & back pain?
Nausea and back pain have many causes (pain ii image by Mykola Velychko from Fotolia.com)

Persistent nausea and back pain can be symptoms of medical conditions including cramping, gastroenteritis, urinary tract and kidney infections, pregnancy, and peptic ulcers. Only medical professionals can effectively diagnose and treat medical conditions.

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Sometimes the most simple answer is the right one. Abdominal or intestinal cramping characterised by back or stomach pain and is sometimes called an "intestinal kink." It may or may not be accompanied by nausea, bloating or indigestion. It is usually remedied with rest.


Also called the stomach flu, gastroenteritis is an acute inflammation in the lining of the stomach or small intestines. It usually caused by a virus. This condition is characterised by abdominal pain, lower back pain, cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fevers and chills. It usually subsides in one to three days in most people.


Pyelonephritis is an infection of the urinary tract and/or the kidneys. It is characterised mainly by lower back pain and nausea. Other symptoms may include painful urination and or a constant urge to urinate, cramping and abdominal tenderness.


For women, lower back pain and nausea may be a sign of pregnancy. These symptoms can be caused by the expansion of the uterus, hormonal changes or implantation bleeding (when a fertilised egg attaches to the wall of the uterus).

Peptic Ulcer

Peptic ulcers are an inflammation in the lining of the stomach. Abdominal discomfort is the most predominant symptom of a peptic ulcer, but other symptoms may be present, including bloating, belching, nausea and weight loss.


Nausea and back pain lasting more than a few days is a concern which should be assessed by a physician. Although minor medical conditions such as cramping or gastroenteritis could be the cause, more serious conditions could also be the culprit.

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