Back Pain FAQ

Given our sedentary lives, backpain is not uncommon. Here are some situations when it’s a good idea to consult a doctor:

  • If you feel numbness or irritation in your back, it could mean nerve irritation or damage.
  • If the pain is accompanied by unnatural weight loss.
  • If there is redness or swelling in the back.
  • If you have problem controlling your bladder or bowel movement.
  • If you also have a shooting pain down your legs or arms.

Back pain is not generally something you go to the ER for. But there are times when you should not discount that option. These are:

  • If you experience nausea, vomiting or loss of consciousness, along with severe back pain.
  • In case of an injury, like slipping down the stairs, being in a car accident, or crashing your bike.
  • If you have trouble controlling your bladder or bowel movements.
  • If you feel sudden weakness in your legs, along with back pain.

Some people experience back pain when they lie down to sleep at night. Some of the causes are:

  • Problem with spine movement. It is known as disc degeneration.
  • If you are suffering from ankylosing spondylitis. It causes pain in the lower back and gets worse during the night.
  • If you are suffering from sprains or fractures in your back. These could be caused by a fall or lifting heavy objects.

Back pain is among the most common and debilitating conditions. Here are some tips that may help you:

  • Get the right sleeping position. Sleeping on the side with a pillow in between the legs may help. Elevating your legs or knees when sleeping can also relive pain.
  • Apply heating pads to your back.
  • Try to maintain a good posture throughout the day.
  • Physical therapy and weight loss can provide relief from back pain.