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Wait until the pain goes away or seek a diagnosis to find out exactly what's causing the back pain?

Pain is a normal part of life but acute pain can sometimes turn into chronic pain, which becomes a problem you need to explore with your physician. There are a number of symptoms you need to take into consideration that may require immediate medical attention.

Acute pain is normal pain that warns you that you have been hurt, starting suddenly and usually ending in a short period of time. However, with chronic pain, the pain itself becomes a disease, lasting long after you have recovered and healed from your injury. It could last for weeks, months, or years and is usually diagnosed after 3 to 6 months of continuous pain.

Chronic pain alters your nervous system, making it more sensitive to pain and thus giving you the impression that painful sensations last longer and feel more severe. When it comes to back pain, most of it resolves on its own or with self-treatment. It could get worse with back motion, bending, twisting, standing, or sitting and could spread to the buttock or leg on the side of the irritated nerve. You could also experience muscle weakness and numbness. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • difficulty with urination
  • fever
  • loss of bowel or bladder control
  • pain or throbbing in your abdomen
  • pain that causes difficulty walking, standing, or moving
  • pain that gets worse at night or worse when you lie down
  • pain that has not started to improve within about a week
  • pain that is severe or gets significantly worse
  • pain that spreads down your legs
  • unexplained weight loss or other signs of illness
  • weakness, numbness or tingling in your buttocks, genitals, or legs

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/