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Should you call your doctor about radiating back pain?

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Low back strains and sprains, sciatica, and a herniated disk can cause back pain to “radiate” -- move to other parts of your body. If it’s causing aching, numbness or tingling in your butt, genitals, legs, feet, arms or hands, see your doctor. He’ll be able to find out why and give you something to ease your symptoms.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Back Pain.”

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Herniated Disc,” Low Back Strain and Sprain,” “Osteoarthritis,” “Spinal Infections,” “Spinal Tumors,” “Cauda Equina Syndrome,” “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Back Pain?”

North American Spine Society: “Chronic Low Back Pain.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Sciatica.”

American Cancer Society: “Signs and Symptoms of Cancer: What Are the Signs and Symptoms?”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 10, 2016

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Back Pain.”

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Herniated Disc,” Low Back Strain and Sprain,” “Osteoarthritis,” “Spinal Infections,” “Spinal Tumors,” “Cauda Equina Syndrome,” “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Back Pain?”

North American Spine Society: “Chronic Low Back Pain.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Sciatica.”

American Cancer Society: “Signs and Symptoms of Cancer: What Are the Signs and Symptoms?”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 10, 2016

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