You live in, or near, Fair Lawn, NJ. Your back hurts. Join the crowd. You don’t want your ego to hurt as much as your back so you don’t go to the doctor. Sure, you could sneak to the doctor. But, this one time, your best friend will honk the horn at you as you’re pulling in the parking lot. Or maybe your ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend will see you at the prescription desk getting your pain medication. Even worse, your mother-in-law over hears you on the phone making the appointment. Then there’s the question, “What are you going to the doctor for?” Now, you have to admit that you’re going to the doctor for back pain – weakling. Everyone has back pain of some sort. So how do you know when it’s more serious and you need to see a doctor?
A General Rule
If you have severe back pain for more than three months, it’s chronic and you should see a doctor immediately. If it’s severe to the point where you’re having trouble functioning before three months, swallow your pride and get to the doctor right away. Your back is more important than your ego.
Symptoms That Should Get You to a Fair Lawn, NJ Spine Surgeon Right Away
Soreness and stiffness in the back are common and don’t require immediate attention. But there are some symptoms that are signs of something more serious. If you feel pain, weakness, or numbness in your legs, get to the doctor. If you’re having difficulty controlling your bowels or bladder, get to the doctor – immediately. If you have sudden severe pain without obvious cause or your pain wakes you at night, make the appointment right away.
Just because you’ll be going to see a spine surgeon doesn’t mean you’re going straight to the operating table. Surgeons will always exhaust all non-surgical treatment options before recommending surgery. Early diagnosis is key. Don’t mess around with serious back pain. Your ego will survive.