Moderate back pain usually ends on its own, but sometimes the pain has a deeper cause that should be treated medically. Here are some signs that it is time to see your doctor.
- Numbness or tingling, particularly in your leg, foot, or groin area
- Pain in your leg below your knee
- Nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
- Fever, weakness, and sweating
- Intense pain that prevents you from moving
- Pain showing no improvement in two or three weeks
- Pain caused by a fall or traumatic injury
- Loss of control over bowel movements or difficulty urinating
- Unintentional weight loss
Medically Reviewed by: Jennifer Monti, MD, MPH
Published: Sep 27, 2010
Published By: Healthline Networks, Inc.