Regardless of how much you think you can cope with an achy back, it can often result in something you cannot deal with on your own. Sometimes you have to forget the use of home remedies and obtain the advice of a professional.

There are numerous factors that have to be taken into consideration when you have a bad back. When these symptoms are present, you have to take action and consult with your GP as soon as possible.

Unexplained Fever

You may think that your back is tight and achy because you have the flu, but any fever that is unresponsive and causes back pain could be the initial signs of a severe infection. By visiting your GP, an infection could be ruled out and a few days of complete rest could be beneficial. Resting for a period longer than two days could, however, ultimately worsen your back pain. Should it prove to be an infection, your GP can prescribe you a course of antibiotics. As soon as you feel better, most GPs recommend that you resume with your normal daily routine slowly.

Potential Trauma

When you have experienced a serious trauma, such as a vehicle accident, or are over the age of 50 and experienced any kind of minor trauma, your GP has to examine your back to assess the pain. When we are older, a fall down a couple of steps could potentially cause fractures. You will have to get an X-ray, which will tell your GP whether or not there is a fracture. In the absence of a fracture, your back pain can be managed with prescribed medication or some mild physical therapy.

Tingling or Numbness

Even though you may want to stop the initial tingling or numbness in your back with the use of over the counter medication, it is not the ultimate solution. Tingling or numbness in the back often indicates some kind of damage or nerve irritation and is more severe than the average back pain. It is typically described as “pins and needles”. If the feeling does not subside, it is possible that you have one of several conditions, such as spinal stenosis or a herniated disc. If such conditions are not treated, it can cause permanent disability. It is advised that you see your GP as soon as possible for a thorough assessment. Any treatment of this condition will depend on the specific diagnosis.

Pain at Night

During the day-time you feel no pain, but when you go to bed you find sleep evades you due to excessive back pain. Any back pain that keeps you awake at night can be as a result of a sprain, disc degeneration or more serious conditions, such as a tumour or cancer. Back pain experienced during the night should never be ignored. If you suffer from this, it is advised that you immediately schedule an appointment with your GP.

Consult your GP at the first sign of any type of pain in your back. It is always better to be safe rather than sorry.