When to seek medical advice

Get medical care immediately if you have severe low back pain that:

  • Is constant or intense
  • Causes weakness, numbness or tingling in one or both legs
  • Is associated with new bowel or bladder problems
  • Is accompanied by fever
  • Is associated with pain or throbbing in the abdomen
  • Is accompanied by unexplained weight loss

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have back pain that:

  • Follows a fall, blow to your back or other injury
  • Worsens during rest or at night
  • Spreads down one or both legs

Also, see your doctor if you start having back pain for the first time after age 50, or if you have a history of cancer, osteoporosis, steroid use, or drug or alcohol abuse.

Low back pain

Find possible causes of low back pain based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your symptom.

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