If you have troubling symptoms, such as back pain, you aren't alone. Between 75 and 85% of all people will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime.
In fact, back pain is the second most frequently reported reason for visiting a doctor, and after the common cold, is the next leading reason for missed workdays for people under 45.
Below are some common symptoms. To learn more, click on the symptom that you have been experiencing:
If any of the following symptoms occur, contact a doctor immediately:
- Pain is worse when you cough or sneeze
- Pain or numbness travels down one or both legs
- Pain awakens you from sleep
- You are finding it difficult to pass urine or have a bowel movement
- Pain is accompanied by loss of control of urination or bowel movements
These important symptoms could signal nerve damage or other serious medical problems. There are many other conditions that could be causing these problems, but an early and accurate diagnosis is vital for successful treatment.
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