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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.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on August 15, 2015

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