Most of us have experienced an occasional stiff neck or sore back, and we often attribute it to a bad night’s sleep or overexertion. Sometimes back and neck pain will resolve on its own but, if the pain persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, including dizziness, numbness, nausea, muscle weakness, or fever, it may be time to talk to a doctor.
Seek Medical Attention
- Pain that Radiates to Arms or Legs: Does pain, numbness, or tingling spread into your arms or legs? This can be an indication of pressure on a spinal nerve caused by a herniated or bulging disc, bone spur, or other medical problem.
- Recent Fall or Accident: If the pain started after a fall or accident you should see a doctor as soon as possible, even if your injuries seemed minor.
- Muscle Weakness, Bowel, or Bladder Problems: Pain that is accompanied by difficulty controlling your bowels or bladder or increasing weakness in your legs can be a sign of a serious condition and you should seek immediate medical care.
- Persistent Pain: If your pain has lasted for several weeks you may have a chronic condition that can worsen over time if left untreated.
- Fever: Neck pain along with a fever can be a sign of Meningitis, a serious infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord and requires immediate medical attention.
- History of Cancer: If you have had cancer and experience new or unusual back or neck pain you should talk with your doctor.
The information provided on this website should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition and is not meant to take the place of professional medical advice. If you think you have a medical problem, please seek the advice of a physician. Call 911 for all medical emergencies.