Back Pain

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Should I CAll?

Call 911 Now (your child may need an ambulance) If

  • Passed out (fainted)
  • Very weak (can't stand)
  • You think you have a life-threatening emergency

Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If

  • You feel weak or very sick
  • Severe pain
  • Weakness of a leg or foot
  • Tingling or numbness (loss of feeling) in the legs or feet
  • Numbness in groin or rectal area
  • Cannot pass urine and bladder feels very full
  • Blood in urine
  • Fever and sudden pain in lower back and side (flank)
  • Vomiting and sudden pain in lower back and side (flank)
  • Pain or burning when passing urine and pain in lower back and side (flank)
  • Pain goes into groin or scrotum
  • Pain goes into stomach
  • Pregnant and pain does not go away with rest

Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours (between 9 am and 4 pm) If

  • You think you need to be seen
  • Have cancer
  • Have HIV or use intravenous drugs
  • Fever
  • Rash or blisters in same area as pain

Call Your Doctor During Weekday Office Hours If

  • You have other questions or concerns
  • Back pain lasts more than 2 weeks
  • Back pain lasts more than 3 days and keeps you from working or going to school
  • You have had back pain off and on for weeks or months
  • Over 50 years old and never had back pain like this before
  • Pain goes into thigh or down leg

Parent Care at Home If

  • Mild back pain


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If you think that you are having a medical emergency, call 911 or the number for the local emergency ambulance service NOW!

And when in doubt, call your doctor NOW or go to the closest emergency department.

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