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What symptoms would warrant a call to your office?

When your back pain hasn't gone away, or when it's severe enough, you should consider calling right away.

If any of the following happen to you, you should seek medical attention right away:

  • back pain accompanied by a loss of bowel or bladder control
  • back pain accompanied by abdominal pain
  • back pain accompanied by chills or a fever of 101°F
  • back pain accompanied by numbness or a loss of strength
  • back pain accompanied by trouble moving
  • back pain lasting longer than 72 hours
  • calf pain
  • chest pain, shortness of breath
  • drainage from the wound or drainage that is green or yellow
  • more pain in the area where you have had surgery
  • pain that does not go away even with post-op medication
  • severe back pain as a result of an injury or trauma
  • swelling

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