Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
- You have symptoms of a heart attack. These may include:
- Chest pain or pressure, or a strange feeling in the chest.
- Shortness of breath.
- 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.
- You have signs of a severe spinal injury. These may include:
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.