Severe back pain on left side around kidney area

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Q: My back has been hurting for almost 3 months, and is getting worse. I had went to the E.R. after it hurting for a month or so and they suggested a pulled muscle. It is getting worse. It is located on my spine, starting right around where the rib cage stops, and continues down about 4 inches. The pain is more direct on the spine, but flares outwards as well. It also sends sharp pains down my spine. I can't sleep on my back because the pain is so bad. If you have any advice I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

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