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Should I see a doctor about my back pain?

You should see your doctor if your pain:

  • is very severe or lasts for a long period of time
  • affects your everyday activities.

Very rarely, back pain can indicate a more serious problem. See your doctor immediately if you:

  • have difficulty controlling or passing urine
  • lose control of your bowels
  • have numbness around your back passage or your genitals
  • have weakness in your legs or are unsteady on your feet
  • have very severe ongoing pain that gets worse over several weeks.

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