What is causing y back pain?

Patient : I have had lower back pain since last Monday. It only hurts when I go to stand up or sit down. Ive been doing stretches and the stretches make the pain stop for about an hour at a time. I just went to get in the shower and Ive noticed that the area on my back that is hurting is red. Could this redness be due to the fact that Ive been using a heating pad for over 12 hours a day? And what do you think is causing the pain?
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