Never Ignore These Types of Back Pain

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It often feels like back pain becomes a fact of life after a certain age. This discomfort doesn’t have to be inevitable: you can keep the aches and pains at bay with the best stretches and yoga moves to relieve back pain. Unfortunately, because a sore back is seen as so common, many people are quick to ignore signs that something more serious is going on. Here are some signs that your back pain is unusual and should be looked at by a doctor or physical therapist:

  • Back pain reaching your side/upper abdomen: As AICA Orthopedics explains that while pain in both your back and abdomen can be a coincidence at the same time, it can also be a sign of a larger underlying condition. If your back pain radiates to your front or flank, it could indicate conditions such as pancreatitis, appendicitis, or kidney stones. To relieve your pain, a proper diagnosis is needed.
  • Upper back pain that reaches your neck and legs: Neck and back pain often go hand in hand and can be a sign of something as mild as poor posture. On the other hand, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, back pain from your neck can be a sign of nerve damage. Other signs of pressure on the spinal nerves include weakness, numbness, or severe shooting pain that travels from the back to the leg.
  • Pain with “pins and needles”: As with the point above, if your back pain is accompanied by numbness or tingling (that “pins and needles” feeling), you should be checked to make sure there is nothing wrong with your spinal cord.
  • Pain with loss of bladder control: According to HealthlineBecause your back muscles and nerves are so close behind your bladder, incontinence and back pain are often linked. If there is something wrong with your bladder, you may experience back pain; Similarly, if there is something wrong with your back, you may suffer from incontinence. This is not something to be ignored, as loss of bladder control could indicate a medical emergency such as an epidural hematoma or a severe hernia.
  • Pain with fever: Fever can be a sign of something more serious, such as an infection, David Anderson, a spinal surgeon at… OrthoCarolina, tells HuffPost. Fortunately, Anderson says this is rare and that fever and back pain are not necessarily related. Still, continuous back pain associated with a fever flare is reason to see a health care provider.
  • Pain that lasts longer than ten days: As a general rule, you don’t want to ignore any kind of pain that lasts longer than ten days, especially if it only gets worse. The longer you wait to deal with the pain, the longer it may take to finally treat it.

It’s normalized to endure daily back pain, but anything that seems unusual could be a sign that you need medical attention. See a doctor if you have numbness or tingling, weakness, loss of bladder control, fever, or pain that shoots from your back to other parts of your body. Don’t wait for your pain to go away on its own or you could be ignoring a more serious underlying condition.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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