Dr. Karl Jawhari Reviews The Seriousness of Low Back Pain
Low back pain can be caused by a variety of factors, from serious illness like cancer to injuries sustained on the back. As such, Dr. Karl Jawhari reviews the signs with which you should investigate your back pain further as it may already be a medical emergency.
Low Back Pain
Often, it starts off as an uncomfortable feeling. On some days, you may not even notice it but on others, the pain is all you can think about. Dr. Karl Jawhari reviews the first red flag of serious low back pain: the pain level scale. If just a light tapping of the spine is already painful, then you’re advised to see a doctor. On its own, the pain is not a diagnosis, but rather a sign that something else medically could be going on.
Next, Dr. Karl Jawhari reviews the risk factors of low back pain. Among others, steroid use or drug abuse and HIV can increase your risk of experiencing low back pain. In addition, patients who are under 20 years old or over 55 years old are at a higher risk to there being a deeper cause behind the low back pain.
Another sign Dr. Karl Jawhari reviews among patients experiencing low back pain is if they had unexplained fever or chills. While fever, especially low-grade fever, may not seem serious, it is nevertheless a sign that your body is fighting an illness or an infection. You are advised to confide in your doctor if you had fever and how high the temperature was.
Aside from these, you should also watch out for symptoms of a neurological problem. For instance, if you feel numbness in the groin area or if you find that one of your toes drag (also known as a foot drop), it may possibly be a neurological problem. Other common signs of a neurological problem are numbness or a tingling feeling. You should also note whether the numbness is isolated to one side or a specific area in the body.
Dr. Karl Jawhari reviews all these mentioned signs and take these together to arrive at a diagnosis. As mentioned, one sign doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going through something serious. He advises patients to check the following which are the biggest warning signs.
First, if the pain has lasted at least six weeks. This is a long enough time frame to investigate further.
Next, if during the six weeks, the pain is getting worse or not getting better at all.
Finally, if you spot any of the others signs mentioned above such as fever, numbness, and sensitivity to touch.
In the end, it’s best to consult your doctor to find out definitively what’s going on with your low back pain.