The most unpleasant sensations – easy and small back pain, which I don't have a pathological basis and are caused by habitual over-voltage muscle. We are interested in cases, when the reason lies in diseases of the spine.
7 worrying symptoms
1. The pain for a long period of time passes
Usually, the pain in the back disappear after a short rest or the administration of the anesthetic. If for a month there is no improvement, pain preventing normal daily activity, it is worth to go to the doctor.
2. The pain spreading to the arm or leg
If in addition the area of the back pain goes in one end – this is a sign of irritation root of the spinal cord or even the availability of intervertebral hernia.
"This symptom can and we're not talking about serious injury of the intervertebral disk, but it is still worth to confer with the neurologist: there are many non-surgical methods of treatment. Can help massage, physiotherapy, manual therapy, exercises to strengthen the muscle corset, stretching, pharmaceutical exclusion or the imposition of a special rubber pad. Regular selected individually. You can count on a positive result in a timely handling for special medical use".
3. The appearance of numbness, tingling or weakness in the arm or the leg
"For a long time not having sensory disturbances in the extremities (numbness, tingling sensation needles) talk about persistent damage to nerve fibers. Reduced muscle strength of the lower limbs or appearance of lameness is also a terrible symptom, leads to disruption of the motor functions", – says the expert.
4. Pain during the night
Magnification of pain during the night or during the time of relaxation – a worrying sign. If you can also point out the morning stiffness, it can be a sign of systemic inflammatory disease – ankylosing spondylitis. In this case, required a consult from a neurologist or a rheumatologist and a selection of special treatment.
5. The appearance of continuous pain in older age (be careful with the parents!)
In women over the age of 50 years increases the risk of development of osteoporosis (increased bone fragility). Even minor injuries can lead to various fractures, two thirds of which are located in the spine (most commonly in the thoracic and lumbar sections).
"Only to consult a doctor and x-rays help to reveal the fracture of the vertebrae, and to assign appropriate treatment. We must remember that in this case, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), most commonly performed by patients with back pain, is not informative, as it does not allow to adequately assess the condition of the bone structures".
6. The pain is accompanied by increase of temperature or decrease the weight of
"Dangerous symptoms – weight reduction without dieting or rise of temperature with a background of back pain. For some, the current infection, the procedure of tumour of the spinal cord or of the spine. This requires the attention of a doctor, the procrastination in such cases, it is unacceptable".
7. Pain in the back and the inability to check the function of the bowel or bladder
"Another sure sign of damage to the spinal cord is the incontinence of urine or disorders of sensitivity in the groin area. These symptoms cannot be ignored, stress syndrome compression of cauda equina, cone – sections of the spinal cord and of the roots," – says the expert.
If these symptoms that you are experiencing intense, you must call an ambulance: the best result surgical treatment is achieved in the first 48 hours.
Neoplastic lesions or infections on the prevalence occupy the last positions in the list of "Why my back hurts", but this is the case, when usual ignoring the signals of our body – not a valid tactic.