RED FLAG: Is your back pain “serious”

In many cases, careful management deals with back pain. There is however a species of back pain that  Ill flag up to you now. The items listed below are “RED FLAG” symptoms which means see your doctor or A & E NOW;  go in and say , “I have back pain symptoms that  I think are Red Flag symptoms”

  • fever of 38ºC (100.4ºF) or above
  • unexplained weight loss
  • swelling in the back
  • constant back pain from which there is no position of  ease
  • Chest pain
  • leg pain
  •  a change in toilet patterns
  • numbness or tingling  around your bottom and privates.
  • pain that is worse at night

These are known as ‘red flag symptoms’ and could be a sign of something more serious.

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