Back pain when you wake up in the morning, pain that lasts for weeks… Don’t trivialize back pain because it’s common. In some cases, it needs to be the subject of immediate consultation. Here are the warning signs.
Worse pains in the morning
Do you wake up in the morning feeling rusty?
This feeling should warn you and encourage you to talk to a doctor. This is a sign of mechanical pain, probably osteoarthritis, if it lasts less than half an hour in the morning.
Pain that lasts more than 15 days
Back pain should be a concern if it lasts longer than 15 days. If the severe pain occurs after a shock or fall and lasts more than 10 to 15 days, it may indicate compression or a ruptured disc or vertebral fracture.
Pain after 50 in women
Bones become brittle with age. Recurring back pain should therefore worry women over 50 during menopause and men over 70 during andropause.
Bone weakness poses a risk of compression of the vertebrae.
Pain that doesn’t go away despite medication
When traditional analgesics (like acetaminophen) don’t relieve the pain, you need to see a doctor to find the source of the problem and develop an appropriate treatment. If the pain is persistent, it can be a sign of spinal cord or spinal nerve compression (editor’s note: nerves that exit the spinal cord rather than the brain), and the longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes treat it. .
A pain that wakes up at night
If the pain is nocturnal, very severe and insomnia, it must be the subject of an emergency consultation. This type of sharp insomnia pain can be accompanied by symptoms of paralysis. It is necessary to consult quickly in order to obtain a medical diagnosis and overcome the risk of irreversible paralysis as soon as possible.
Pain radiating down the leg
When back pain spreads to the leg, it is necessary to suspect the probable attack of a nerve. If the back pain extends into the thighs, it may be due to cruralgia, i.e. damage to the crural nerve (or thigh nerves). However, if it spreads to the foot, we are more likely to think of a sciatic nerve attack.
Pain that repeats and intensifies
Do you regularly block your back and this pain lasts longer and longer? Frequent blockages that increase in intensity can indicate wear and tear on the intervertebral discs. If there are regular blockages, we can also work on the mental problem. The symptoms are usually no coincidence, but part of a global logic of body and mind and sometimes warning signs. It is then necessary to look for the origin of the symptoms in order to understand them and be able to treat them better.
Pain associated with a specific movement
If back pain occurs with a specific movement or lasts for more than an hour every morning, don’t hesitate to talk to a doctor.
Pain that wakes you up at night and lasts more than an hour in the morning may be inflammatory pain that requires medical attention.
Back pain that spreads to the chest
There can be pain that comes from the back and resonates in other parts of the body, for example in the chest: this is referred pain.
One should not blame everything, but consult a doctor first to rule out visceral causes (heart, aorta, lungs, digestive system) before making an appointment with an osteopath.
* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.
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