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

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Dr. Sassan Hassassian
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sassan Hassassian
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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Pain Management

Er visit for back conditions is approriate for emrgency conditions that include bladder or bowel incontinence, inability to walk, or other functional changes.
If you are dealing with pain in your back without these more serious signs, then you are best served to see your family doc and/or pain management to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and create a specific treatment plan.

In brief: Pain Management

Er visit for back conditions is approriate for emrgency conditions that include bladder or bowel incontinence, inability to walk, or other functional changes.
If you are dealing with pain in your back without these more serious signs, then you are best served to see your family doc and/or pain management to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and create a specific treatment plan.
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
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