Back Problems and Injuries - Check Your Symptoms
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
- You have symptoms of a heart attack. These may include: After you call 911, the operator may tell you to chew 1 adult-strength or 2 to 4 low-dose aspirin. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself.
- You have signs of a severe spinal injury. These may include:
- Loss of bowel or bladder control (not being able to hold your urine or bowel movements).
- Weakness in the legs.
- Numbness or tingling in the rectal area, genital area, or legs.
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
- You have severe back pain that is not from any known injury.
- You have severe back pain at night that will not go away.
- You are not able to urinate.
- You have back pain and:
- You have injured your back while lifting or doing some other activity. If the pain is severe, has not gone away after 1 or 2 days, and you cannot do your normal daily activities, call your doctor.
- You have had a back injury before that needed treatment.
- Your pain has lasted longer than 4 weeks.
- You have had weight loss you cannot explain.
- You are age 50 or older.
- You have cancer now or have had it before.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:
- You do not get better as expected.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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