311218 Changes in pain 2/2
Typically, your pain will gradually subside over time with the proper treatment. If this does not happen then a revisit with your doctor is in order just as it would be if the pain changes in character.
If you experience the following, it is time to seek outside help.
- Fever or chills and or night sweats
- An inability to empty your bladder
- Incontinence of your bladder or bowels
- Weight loss that you can not explain
- Pain that cannot be relieved with rest and relaxation
- If you are awakened at night by your pain
- The inability of positional changes to alleviate your pain symptoms
- Numbness, pain weakness in your legs, either one or both of them
These signs or symptoms could indicate an undiagnosed condition such as an infection, compression fracture of the spinal column due to osteoporosis, nerve root or spinal cord compression, a kidney stone or stones, an abdominal aortic aneurysm , spinal cancer or a tumor that may have started elsewhere and spread to the spine.
In the case of the latter, these are especially true in the case of prostate, breast and lung cancers.
Pay attention to what your body is telling you and don’t let these signals pass without an examination by your doctor.