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Back Pain Symptoms

  • When to See a Doctor

  • The following guidelines can help you evaluate your back pain symptoms and determine whether or not you should see a doctor or seek immediate help.

    Use Self-Care:

    • Pain from tension, posture, or exercise.
    • Usual back or neck soreness.

    See Doctor:

    • No improvement in pain after 2 to 3 days of self-care.
    • Back pain and temperature over 100F for more than 48 hours.
    • Back pain and nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
    • Back pain and painful or frequent urination, menstrual bleeding, or stomachache.
    • Pain traveling down leg or arm; paralysis or numbness of a lower limb.

    Seek Help Now:

    • Loss of bowel or bladder control.

    Call 911:

    • Paralysis, confusion, inability to support body weight, or shock.

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