Monday, 21 May 2007

Red Flags and Back Pain

RED FLAGS and back pain...when it is essential you are checked out by a medical practitioner. I have looked around and these appear to be the red flags raised among many professionals regarding back pain. This is not a definitive list but if you experience any of the following it is wise for you to consult with a healthcare professional urgently:
Back Pain and ;
  • Loss of bowel or bladder function.
  • Paralysis or persistent numbness of any part of your body
  • Pain in your arms and chest.
  • Allergic reaction to any medication.
  • You are younger than 20 or older than 55 and getting back pain for the first time.
  • You have had an accident /injury e.g. been in a road traffic accident etc.
  • Back pain that is constant and getting progressively worse.
  • Back pain and you have (or have had cancer in the past)
  • Fever or feeling very unwell
  • Progressive motor weakness
  • Unexplained weight loss and back pain
  • Urinary tract infection with back pain
  • You have had a transplant and are now getting back pain.
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HANNAH said...

Very good list on what to look out for, found it informative.

Paula Morten said...

Yes, heatpads are the way to go Jasmine Ann. I have used these for years and found them really helpful as i travel a lot in my line of work ( journo ). I would also recommend a seat / back rest with them as this eases the pain more so .

jasmine ann said...

Thank you both for your comments, i am glad you find it useful :}

I agree Paula and i have just posted about a memory foam back support which i find very useful and especially when travelling.