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Back Pain

Almost everyone gets back pain at some point. Low back pain can be scary. But it is almost never serious. It usually goes away on its own. The cases that require surgery or urgent care are rare.

See your doctor or nurse if you have back pain and you:

  • Recently had a fall or an injury to your back
  • Have numbness or weakness in your legs
  • Have problems with bowel or bladder control
  • Have unexplained weight loss
  • Have a fever or feel sick in other ways
  • Take steroid medicine, such as prednisone, on a regular basis
  • Have diabetes or a medical problem that weakens your immune system
  • Have a history of cancer or osteoporosis

You should also see a doctor if:

  • Your back pain is so severe that you cannot perform simple tasks
  • Your back pain does not start to improve within 3 to 4 weeks