Back pain can be different for everyone who has to deal with it in their lives. There are so many probable causes and possible symptoms that it is impossible to create a one-size-fits-all diagnosis. Beyond some of the obvious symptoms, including muscle and joint pain, there are some more specific things you can look out for when you are concerned about the health of your back.
Back pain, especially in the lower back, is a common condition that may be caused by factors such as injuries, infections, or even cancer.
Here are some of the more complex symptoms of back pain:
- Muscle weakness
- Mobility problems
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Urinary retention
- Vertebrae that are tender to the touch
It is most important to determine whether your pain is acute or chronic. Acute pain is your body’s natural reaction to injury or illness. It is the process that your body goes through to let you know that you have been hurt. Acute pain will typically last only a short time until the issue has healed. Most experts, on the other hand, classify chronic pain as anything that has lasted six months or longer and it can even last years in some cases. Because chronic pain is usually the result of a change in your nervous system, it is important to seek medical attention and determine the right treatments.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms along with persistent stiffness or aching anywhere in your back, sharp localized pain, or pain that radiates down your legs toward your toes, you should contact your doctor or pain specialist immediately. All of these can be signs of a more serious problem related to your back pain.
Remember that radiating pain starting in the upper back can also be a sign of a heart attack or other life threatening issues. In the lower back, it can indicate a kidney infection. Waiting to see if the pain goes away should not be considered an option.
What symptoms have you experienced when it comes to back pain?
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