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When to See a Back Doctor? 5 Red Flags to Look for

It is common to experience back pain once in a while. However, how do you know when that pain needs medical care? Here are some red flags that suggest visit to a back specialist:

1.Fever

An impassive fever accompanied by back pain may be a sign of a serious infection. It indicates something more serious. Your doctor may rule out an infection. In case, an infection is detected, you will be prescribed antibiotics. A couple days of rest is usually helpful when there’s no infectio

2.Tingling or Numbness

It is true that you can stop numbness or tingling with over-the-counter medication. However, this feeling should not be ignored. It may be an indication of nerve damage or irritation. This is more serious than pain. So if the feeling fails to pass away, this may be one of the serious back conditions such as spinal stenosis, herniated disc etc. These may lead to nerve pressure and permanent disabilities if left untreated. So see your back doctor for a detailed evaluation.

3.Night Pain

If things seem to be fine during the day and get worse the moment you hit the pillow, it is time to see a doctor. Pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night should be taken seriously. This may be an indication of sprain or disc degeneration. In some cases, it may also be a tumor or cancer. So avoid ignoring night back pain.

4.Unexplained Weight Loss

Visit a doctor if you are losing weight without any intentional efforts. The doctor would want to rule out a possibility of infection and tumors.

5.Prolonged Pain

Most (around 90%) back pain cases improve within a span of 6 weeks. So if the pain exceeds this period, your doctor will investigate a serious underlying cause.

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