Getting Ahead Of The Pain
Spine alignment can be impacted by a variety of things, and if you don’t properly treat the issue, you may compound the problem. One of the worst things you can do is “cowboy up”, grit your teeth, and push through spinal pain. Generally, that’s going to make it way worse. But how do you know if you’re just dealing with muscle spasms, or backbone issues?
Following we’ll explore a few key things that will help you know if you need to see a doctor for your neck and spine or not.
1. Issues With Your Excretory System
If you’re having trouble with regular bowel movements, or you’re experiencing issues with normal urination, there’s a high likelihood something is wrong. Now, it may not necessarily be a spinal issue.
The thing to look for is excretory system issues in addition to back pain. If you don’t have back pain, but you’re experiencing such issues, there could be another problem; perhaps with your prostate, or colon.
2. Chronic Pain That Won’t Let Up For Days On End
If you bend over a lot, you’re going to stress back muscles, and that can hurt for a few days—especially as you get older. When you’re younger, the pain won’t last as long. However, if you stress yourself regularly, it’s entirely possible you’ll experience back spasms as overworked muscles have mild contractions. These can be extremely painful and last a few days.
So you need to keep an eye on back pain. Put some sort of hot water bottle on your back, or cold water; whichever works better. Do a few stretches that help you get past the pain. Give it a handful of days. If your pain hasn’t gone down inside a week, there’s probably some real problem. If it persists for months, you definitely need to see a spinal doctor.
3. Additional Pain In Your Legs Or Feet
When back pain begins to extend to your legs and feet, that means you’ve got a real issue to contend with. Generally, something has gone wrong. It could be some medical issue that’s congenital, it could be something pinched in your spinal column; there are many potential outcomes.
Definitely, if what starts in your back extends to your feet, you should have yourself examined by a medical professional.
4. Experiencing Fever Or Weight Loss
Getting a fever from back pain or losing weight is a very serious sign something is wrong. You could be experiencing symptoms of spinal meningitis, which can be fatal. Back pain shouldn’t lead to conditions that accompany the common flu; not usually. There’s a serious spinal issue if that’s the case, and it may require immediate medical attention.
Spinal meningitis can be contagious, and you may not be the only one who’s been affected by an outbreak. It’s not only your health that is at stake, but that of whatever community you’re a part of. While weight loss may not be considered a negative issue for some people, conjoined with spinal pain, it is a very grim sign. If you’re losing weight and your back hurts, get help.
Getting The Help You Need
You should probably check in with a neck and spine doctor if you’re experiencing excretory issues, chronic pain, leg or feet issues, weight loss, or fever. These are signs of a serious spinal issue that may require fast medical attention. If you don’t get the help you need, it could mean a permanent back issue that never goes away, and only gets worse.