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Should I go to the emergecy room for severe chronic back pain?

Should I go to the emergecy room for severe chronic back pain?

Depends: When someone talks about chronic pain, the assumption is that the pain is stable. If the pain is stable then there should no need for "emergency" intervention. However, if the pain character, location, etc has changed or if there are new neurologic issues (weakness, numbness) then it might be appropriate to seek urgent attention. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Chronic Back Pain (Definition)

Chronic back pain is pain that lasts for more than 3 months. Chronic back pain has usually not responded to conservative measures. Other treatment options include ...Read more


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Chronic back pain, should I go to the emergency room or what?

Chronic back pain, should I go to the emergency room or what?

No: 'chronic' means it has been going on for 60-90 days. This is, by definition, not an emergency. If the pain hasn't gone away and conventional approaches haven't found the cause, you might want to consult an osteopathic doctor, especially one who specializes in hands-on diagnosis and manipulative treatment. They can frequently find the cause and treat it when others can't. ...Read more

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Do I need to go to the ER for severe lower back pain with leg pain and diarrhea?

Do I need to go to the ER for severe lower back pain with leg pain and diarrhea?

Not necessarily: Not enough detail to answer well, but low back & leg pain are often related.Diarrhea could be related to the back pain, but less likely to the leg.Unless you're getting severely dehydrated (needing IV hydration) or the pain is unbearable, an ER visit may not be best.If you have other symptoms that are more worrying-blood in the stool, very high fever, etc. ER may be necessary.Call your doctor 1st. ...Read more

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Exhausted and severe pain in back and neck. Should i go to the hospital?

Exhausted and severe pain in back and neck.  Should i go to the hospital?

Urgent Care: I am suggesting to visit the urgent care for further investigation and treatment. Better safe then sorry. ...Read more

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I have severe pelvic pain should I go to the ER or the lady dr?

I have severe pelvic pain should I go to the ER or the lady dr?

Depends: If you also have a fever, go to the er. If there is no fever and the pain is tolerable, you'll get more experienced care (better) by going to a gynecologist who knows you. ...Read more

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Im having severe pain in gall bladder area... severe.... do I need to go to the emergency room? And what do I do to ease the pain?

Yes , you have to go: ER now , any severe unexplained pain need immediate medical attention , some conditions may l need intervention (surgery ) ER is the best place as trained specialist the ER physician is available and 24 hrs a day , with facility to do required tests . so go to ER now ...Read more

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If I have left ever lower back pain with chills should I go to the emergency room?

If I have left ever lower back pain with chills should I go to the emergency room?

Primary doctor: This may be an infection such a urinary tract infection. You should be able to see a primary care provider. If you develop fevers or vomiting i would go to an emergency dspartment. ...Read more

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I have severe UTI pain. Should i go to the hospital?

Yes: If the pain is severe enough you should go the hospital. Uti alone is sufficient reason to seek care. ...Read more

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Sever leg and sever back pain sever pain in my feet should I go to the ER?? Please respond ASAP

Sever leg and sever back pain sever pain in my feet should I go to the ER?? Please respond ASAP

Not enough info: Is the pain sudden or come after trauma? If so, an ER can evaluate the causes, and should be employed. Numbness or weakness is more significant than pain itself, but if you are concerned, do seek medical evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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I have severe pelvic pain should I go to the ER or the gyn dr?

I have severe pelvic pain should I go to the ER or the gyn dr?

DEFINITELY !: Pelvic pain is a common symptom of many conditions: endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, pelvic floor dysfunction and fibromyalgia to mention a few. You must choose a gynecologist that has special interest in this field since it can be frustrating to both patient and physician. A laparoscopic view of your pelvis (as in the picture) can help in the work up of this complaint ...Read more

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When is it time to go to the ER for chronic back pain?

When is it time to go to the ER for chronic back pain?

Red flags: That should make a patient seek immediate medical attention are unbearable pain in spite of therapy already recommended, inability to control legs/ walk, incontinence, loss of sensation in the perineal area. ...Read more

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Should i go to the ER for severe toothache while pregnant?

Should i go to the ER for severe toothache while pregnant?

Probably not: Your best bet is to make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is generally safe during pregnancy but you should speak to your OB about what drugs are safe for you. If you are unable to see a dentist soon you may be able to see an er doctor for pain relief. ...Read more

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I've been having intense lower back pain lower right Side pain that runs to my hip should I go to the ER or urgent care clinic?

I've been having intense lower back pain lower right Side pain that runs to my hip should I go to the ER or urgent care clinic?

Acute or chronic? : If your symptoms are very acute/new, you could consider a kidney stone to be present, and you could have this evaluated at the ER if the pain is severe. If the symptoms have been present for quite a long time, you could start with an an evaluation with your PCP for a possible low back condition. ...Read more

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Chronic upper back pain, spread to middle now low back,hip,fatigue ,nausea, severe pain last few days with pressure in bowels. Should I go to ER or Dr?

ER: Severe pain in the back with bowel symptoms could be a kidney stone or problem with the uterus / ovaries. Since this is new and different from your chronic problem it should be addressed today or tomorrow ideally. ...Read more

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When should I go to the ER for gallstones pain/discomfort?

Let me explain: Most gallstones do not cause problems. But if they block a duct, they usually need treatment. When gallstones keep blocking a bile duct , you may have pain with fever and chills. Or your skin or the whites of your eyes may turn yellow. Call your doctor right away. Having stones in your bile duct increases your chance of having a swollen pancreas (pancreatitis). ...Read more

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Having sudden severe pain in mid back which also extends to neck. How long to wait before seeing doctor?

Common complaint: Poor posture leads to a muscle strain and back/neck pain. Most patients do not have a serious spinal problem. However if your pain accompanied by neurological deficiency (numbness, weakness) call a doctor. Moist heat, stretch exercises NSAID (otc) aleve (naproxen) and good mattress are very helpful. If concerned see pcp for further investigation. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more