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how do i know if my back pain is serious?
causes of back pain
In many cases, back pain has a mechanical cause such as strained muscles, joints or inflamed discs.
Pain in these cases can range from low to moderate to severe and can be debilitating for many people.
It can restrict movement, limit day to day activities, and impact sport and work.
In rare cases (Less than 1%) of back pain, there can be more serious underlying issues.
These are extremely rare, but important factors to know.
what are the important signs to know?
Here are some signs and symptoms which could suggest a more serious medical condition related to the back.
These typically will require further evaluation and treatment. If you think you are at serious risk or need immediate medical advice, please contact Emergency services on 000 in Australia.
– Persistent fevers
– Unplanned weight loss
– Blood in the stool or urine
– Progressive numbness or weakness in the legs
– Inability to urinate or have a bowel movement
– Loss of bowel/bladder control
– Pain at night
– Sexual dysfunction
– Balance problems
– Pain not alleviated or worsened by different positions
– Recent IV drug use
– Progressive worsening of pain despite relative rest
– Recent trauma
Some of the symptoms above can be sudden, and others can come on slowly.
Early and thorough treatment can help you avoid more serious symptoms and conditions.
It is important that as soon as you notice any of these signs or symptoms that you try and get immediate medical care as soon as you can.
If you are in a medical emergency, it is important you seek care.
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