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...Back Pain...

  1. What is back pain?
  2. Possible Abdominal Aneurysm?
  3. Tearing Pain Between Scapulae?
  4. Cord Compression Symptoms?
  5. When to contact your Doctor?

1. What is back pain? Page Top
If your back aches, you're not alone. Four out of five adults experience at least one back pain problem at some time during their lifetime.
Various types of low back pain are very common. Fortunately, 90% of low back pain sufferers recover completely within 6 weeks.
However, for the 10% of patients who do not recover within a few weeks, low back pain can be a painful, prolonged, costly and frustrating experience.
It is important to note that the severity of pain from low back injuries is often unrelated to the extent of physical damage present.
Muscle spasm from a simple back strain can cause excruciating back pain that can limit one’s ability to walk or even stand, whereas a large herniated disc can be completely painless.
2. Possible Abdominal Aneurysm? Page Top
Call Emergency Services
See: Abdominal Pain
3. Tearing Pain Between Scapulae? Page Top
Call Emergency Services
Crawling in the vertebral column, pressing pain between scapulae seeming to extend from the posterior wall of the stomach and cutting thrust extending into chest while walking. Every part of the body feels sore.
4. Cord Compression Symptoms? Page Top
Go to Accident and Emergency
Normally the spinal cord is protected by the spine, but certain disorders may put pressure on the spinal cord, disrupting its normal function.
The spinal cord may be compressed suddenly, producing symptoms in minutes or over a few hours or days, or slowly, producing symptoms that progress over many weeks or months.
Sudden compression usually results from an injury, which can cause a fracture or dislocation of a vertebra.
Sudden compression may also result from bleeding, an infection, an abscess, or a ruptured or herniated disk in the spine.
5. When to contact your Doctor? Page Top
• Traumatic Back Injury
• Pregnancy or Possible Pregnancy
• Pain Present < 72 Hours
• Back Strain Injury
• Dysuria
• Comorbid Conditions, Back Pain
• Symptoms of Pyelonephritis
• Sciatica
• Active Care Analgesia

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