Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call
You have symptoms of a heart attack. These may include:
Chest pain or
pressure, or a strange feeling in the chest.
Nausea or vomiting.
Pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in the back, neck, jaw, or upper belly or in one or both shoulders or arms.
Lightheadedness or sudden weakness.
A fast or irregular heartbeat.
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
Numbness or tingling in the rectal area, genital area, or
Call your doctor now or seek
immediate medical care if:
You have severe back pain that is not from any
You have severe back pain at night that will not go
You are not able to urinate.
You have back pain
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
You have had a back injury before that needed
Your pain has lasted longer than 4 weeks.
You have had weight loss you cannot explain.
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.
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November 14, 2014
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