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When to Worry About Your Lower Back Pain

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Everyone experiences back pain at some point in their lives. It’s unpleasant, it’s annoying, and it can quickly ruin your day. With as common as back pain can be, the question is:


Is every type of back pain something to worry about? Let’s take a look at common misconceptions and the two instances when you MUST take your pain seriously.

Pain and Severity of Condition

Believe it or not, the pain you feel from your back is a terrible indicator of the condition of your back. Everyone assumes that the worse the back hurts, the greater the issue with it. This is rarely the case.


In fact, it may be just the opposite. There are many serious back ailments and complications that may be the least painful whereas something as minor as a muscle cramp may feel like the end of the world.


If you slept in a funny position and woke up with some back pain, it’s probably nothing to worry about and it will resolve itself on its own. However, there are two scenarios which you should never ignore when it comes to back pain.

Scenario 1: Numbness

Imagine you are sitting in a chair with an upright posture. The area of the chair that is touching your lower body including the groin and buttocks is what you have to watch out for. If you are feeling numbness in this area of your lower body, it may be a sign that something is seriously amiss. It could be nothing but it’s better to make an appointment right away to get checked out.


It is an absolute emergency if you are experiencing this numbness AND having a loss of bowel control. Contact a hospital immediately.

Scenario 2: Accident Involving Your Spine

Be it a car accident or slip and fall, if you have recently had impact to your spine and you have pain coming from the area, you need to get checked out. You’ll probably need an X-ray to determine the extent of the damage. The important thing is to ensure you have not fractured your spine, which could lead to very serious complications if left unchecked.

Other Red Flags

Here are other types of signs to watch out for when it comes to your back pain – If you experiencing these red flags, make an appointment with your doctor right away.

  • Pain that has lasted 6 weeks or longer
  • Spine sensitivity
  • Fever
  • Upper back pain
  • Weight loss
  • Steroid abuse
  • Lower back pain while feeling sick
  • Difficulty urinating