Back pain in the morning when you wake up, pain that has lasted for weeks… Do not trivialize back pain because it is frequent. In some cases, it must be the subject of a consultation without delay. Here are the warning signs.
- 1 Worse pain in the morning
- 2 Pain that lasts more than 15 days
- 3 Pain after 50 in women
- 4 Pain that does not go away despite medication
- 5 A pain that wakes up at night
- 6 Pain that radiates down the leg
- 7 Pain that repeats and intensifies
- 8 Pain related to a particular movement
- 9 Back pain that spreads to the chest
Worse pain in the morning
Do you wake up in the morning feeling rusty?
This sensation should alert 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 worrying if it lasts more than 15 days. If the violent pain occurs after a shock or a fall and lasts more than 10 or 15 days, it can reveal a compression or a crack of an intervertebral disc or a fracture of a vertebra.
Pain after 50 in women
With age, the bones become fragile. Recurrent back pain should therefore worry women from the age of 50, at menopause, and men from 70, at andropause.
Bone weakening represents a risk of compression of the vertebrae.
Pain that does not go away despite medication
If conventional analgesics (such as paracetamol) do not calm the pain, you will need to consult a doctor to find the origin of the problem and develop an appropriate treatment. If the pain is stubborn, it may be a sign of compression of the spinal cord or spinal nerves (nerves that emerge from the spinal cord and not from the brain, editor’s note) and the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to treat. .
A pain that wakes up at night
If the pain is nocturnal, very intense, and insomnia, it must be the subject of an emergency consultation. This type of sharp, insomnia pain can be associated with signs of paralysis. It is necessary to consult quickly to obtain a medical diagnosis and to overcome the risk of irreversible paralysis as quickly as possible.
Pain that radiates down the leg
When back pain spreads to the leg, you should suspect probable nerve damage. If the back pain extends into the thigh, it may be cruralgia, that is to say, damage to the crural (or femoral) nerve. But if it spreads to the foot, we will rather think of an attack on the sciatic nerve.
Pain that repeats and intensifies
Do you block your back regularly, and these pains last longer and longer? Frequent blockages that increase in intensity can reveal wear of the intervertebral discs. In the case of regular blockages, we can also work on the emotional problem. The symptoms are generally not there by chance, but are part of a global logic of body and mind and are sometimes warning signs. It is then necessary to seek the origin of the symptoms to understand it and to better treat it.
If back pain occurs when you do a particular movement or lasts more than an hour every morning, do not 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 will require medical treatment.
Back pain that spreads to the chest
There may be pain that comes from the back and resonates in other parts of the body, for example in the chest: this is then referred pain.
You shouldn’t blame everything on the back, you should first consult a doctor to rule out visceral causes (heart, aorta, lungs, digestive system) before making an appointment with an osteopath.
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