Back pain is a very common symptom. Almost everyone in his or her life experiences it some time. There are many causes of low back pain from a simple muscle sprain which is the most common cause to a serious cause like spinal tumour, which is a very rare cause. So, lumbar spinal sprain, minor trauma, spondylosis, disc herniation (slipped disc), osteoporosis, spondylolisthesis (one vertebra slipping over another), sacroiliac joint pain is some of the common reasons. In our spine clinic we need to diagnose the exact cause of back pain and to decide whether it is serious or not serious. It is advisable to let us as doctors decide about it. Right? Yes. True. But there are some red flags which everyone should know about back pain. This is because back pain is a very common symptom and frequently it is self-treated with pain killers. As a general guideline...and it is only a guideline...you have to answer the following questions about your back pain. And if one or more of the answers are affirmative, you need to take the pain seriously, at least till things are ruled out, and consult a neurosurgeon. So, following are those questions about your back pain: 1. Does it wake you upat night? 2. Are you running fever with back pain? 3. Is it not getting relieved by simple over the counter pain-killers? 4. Do you have a history of having been treated for any sort of cancer in the past? 5. Is it progressively and rapidly increasing in intensity over the period of a few days? 6. Does changing position increase it severely? 7. Is your pain associated with rapid weight loss? 8. Is there history of trauma to back before the pain started? It does not necessarily mean that if one or more answers are “yes” There is always a cause for worry. It only tells you to check out.
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