When to get medical advice?

IF YOU HAVE BACK PAIN WHEN TO GET IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ADVICE

You should go to the nearest hospital or contact your doctor if you have back pain and:

  • numbness or tingling around your buttocks
  • difficulty peeing
  • loss of bladder or bowel control
  • chest pain
  • a high temperature
  • unintentional weight loss
  • swelling and deformity in your back
  • pain does not improve after resting or is worse at night
  • the pain started after a car accident
  • the pain is so bad you’re having problems sleeping
  • pain is made worse when sneezing, coughing or pooing
  • the pain is coming from the top of your back between your shoulders rather than your lower back.

The problems above could be a sign of something more serious and need to be checked urgently.

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