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Signs You Need to Get Yourself Checked for Back or Neck Pain
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

In most cases, neck or back pain goes away after a few weeks without any medication or treatment. However, some symptoms may indicate that you need medical attention. Moreover, although the probability is low, you might even need to head to the ER.

When you aren’t sure about the meaning or severity of the symptoms, go to a primary care physician to get yourself checked. Here are a few signs that indicate that you should see a physician for your back pain or neck pain.

1. Neck Pain or Back Pain Isn’t Letting You Sleep at Night

Back pain or neck pain that disturbs your sleep and aggravates when you try to rest isn’t life threatening. However, it is best to go to a physician to get yourself checked, especially when you are suffering from fever at the same time. That’s because neck pain or back pain with fever could indicate infection like meningitis. Infections, if left untreated, can get very serious and fast, so do not delay going to a doctor.

2. You Have Suffered From Cancer

If you’ve had cancer in the past and you are experiencing back pain for the first time, it may point to ovary, rectal or colon cancer. Growing cancer may put more pressure on nerve, blood vessels and/or organs and that pressure may lead to back pain. What is worse, the back pain or neck pain is likely to occur when the tumor has gotten fairly large. Generally, once there is pain, it means that cancer has begun spreading. That’s why it is essential to get yourself checked as soon as you start experiencing pain.

3. Your Age > 50

Older people are more likely to experience back pain. If you are over 50 years old and experiencing back pain, it is best to go to a doctor as they’ll likely help you manage pain with physical therapy, medications, and other treatments.

4. You Are Experiencing Bladder or Bowel Problems

If controlling your bowel or bladder has become an issue and/or you feel that you legs are growing weaker, it is important that you seek medical care immediately. That’s because bladder and bowel incontinence and progressive weakness may be a sign of a serious condition called “cauda equine syndrome”. This condition requires back surgery.

5. You Had an Accident, You Feel or Had Other Trauma

If you have recently suffered an injury via an accident, blow or fall, neck pain or back pain that follows should be taken seriously. You should get yourself checked by a doctor to see if the pain points to something serious.

6. Pain Radiates to One Arm or Leg

Pain, electrical sensations, numbness and weakness that radiates to one arm or leg is called sciatica. It is best to see a doctor in this case as the pain will likely not go away on its own.

If you think you may need an exam or want to ask more questions, feel free to contact us at Advanced Neurosurgery!

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