The Back Pain Symptoms
Today we will discuss the back pain symptoms. If we suffer back pain we usually experience pain in the back area, stiff on the neck sometimes up to the legs or buttocks. It depends on each person.
Back pain divided into 2 :
- Acute back pain – people experience pain in some time but will be reduced for a week or even a month. In the back pain, acute can heal within 3 months.
- Chronic back pain – people experience persistent pain for long periods of time usually more than 3 months and may cause long-term problems.
According to the British National Health Service (NHS), most cases of back pain are not caused due to serious problems and will recover in some time.
There are some symptoms that need for attention if you experience symptoms like this, you should see a doctor:
- Weight loss
- High body heat above 38C
- Have trouble urinating
- Numbness (tingling) on the back (buttocks)
- Numbness (tingling) in the genital area
- Pain that is felt down to the legs
- Loss of control of your stomach (unintentional defecation)
- Back pain constantly
- Pain that is felt down to the knee
According to the British National Health Service (NHS), the following group of people should also see a doctor for medical advice if they experience back pain:
- People aged less than 20 years old and more than 55 years old
- Patients taking steroids for several months
- Drug abusers
- Patients with cancer
- Patients who have had cancer
- Patients with decreased immune system
Diagnose Back Pain
Most general practitioners can diagnose back pain after performing a physical examination and an interview with a patient. Most cases do not require special tests or photo scans. But if the doctor feels there is an injury in the back, or if because the illness lasts long and the doctor suspects back pain caused by a certain cause then this is certainly needed further examination.
- X-rays – indicate the cause of pain on your back. Checks for arthritis in joints or cracked bones.
- MRI or CT Scan – to analyze problems in tissue, tendon, ligament nerves or disc damage
- Bone Scan – the purpose of a bone scan is to find bone damage or bone tumor. This examination can also tell the brittles bone (osteoporosis). In this examination, the patient is injected by (substance radioactive) called a tracer, which is injected into a blood vessel.
- Electromyography or EMG – an electrical impulse that produced by nerves measured. The purpose of this test is to find the source of back pain symptoms
Stay Health and I will continue some other time with another topic about back pain…