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WebMD's Symptom Finder: Physical Symptoms of Depression - Back

Back pain and muscle spasms -- we've all experienced these symptoms from time to time. Lower back pain often comes from sitting at the computer too long. Many people have strained muscles along the spine from lifting a heavy object. But when the aches and spasms are vague -- and not related to any injury -- they may be symptoms of depression or other medical conditions. It's important to see a doctor for a medical evaluation to determine the cause.

When we're depressed, we may be more sensitive to aches and pains that may not have been noticed at another time.

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Could your back pain or muscle aches be related to depression? One way to find out is to keep a symptom diary. Print out this symptom diary, and fill it out. Then take it to your doctor to discuss what may be causing your symptoms.

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on May 04, 2013

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