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If you have these symptoms and back pain it could be due to something serious

Low back or cervical pain is one of the most common in the population. In fact, up to 80% of us have suffered this type of discomfort at some point, pain that can be mild or even disabling. In general, it does not respond to a serious illness. However, some symptoms or signs of pain in the upper or lower back should alert us, as they are alerting us to a serious health problem. This is recalled by Dr. Jesús Merino, neurosurgeon at Vithas Castellón, specialist in brain pathology and spinal pathology, who warns of the importance of monitoring some diseases that, due to the current circumstances of COVID-19, their diagnosis is delayed. – Also read: What exercises are best for you if you have back pain? Cervical or lumbar pain associated with a serious pathology The specialist points to symptoms that should not be ignored when we suffer cervical or lumbar pain. “Although it is true that in most cases they are degenerative spinal wear processes that are related to osteoarthritis or herniated discs, it must be remembered that some specific symptoms may be related to other diseases such as tumors or infections that can become potentially serious for the patient “, emphasizes Dr. Merino. So, in the face of a pain process that does not subside, that is not treated correctly at the cervical, dorsal, lumbar level and above all, if it is accompanied by certain symptoms, it should Go to the doctor quickly for the correct diagnosis Warning signs for low back pain • Pain that does not improve or diminishes with the use of medication • Pain at rest or that wakes up during sleep • Pain that prevents mobility • Pain accompanied by fever • Sensitivity disturbances • Cushioning or tingling sensation • Decreased sensitivity (hypoesthesia), or the abolition of sensation (anesthesia ) • Decreased strength • Progressive weight loss that cannot be explained for other reasons, can be considered as a warning sign. Warning signs for neck pain • Loss of strength or feeling in the arms and legs • Fever • Sudden or night sweats • Difficulty breathing • Chest discomfort • Headache (headaches) • Lethargy or confusion • Difficulty or pain when swallowing • Severe pain that does not stop with medication Low back pain is usually considered benign and can be managed in primary care. However, in some patients, low back pain is the initial manifestation of a more serious condition, such as cancer, vertebral fracture, infection or cauda equina syndrome, which occurs when the nerve roots at the base of the spine are compressed. – Also read: Why does my back hurt when I get up in the morning? Lumbar or cervical pain due to bad posture It should not be forgotten, however, that most of the time, this type of pain is due to bad posture and sedentary lifestyle, something that has been intensified by teleworking. In this sense, spending several hours sitting without combining it with any type of physical activity could also cause the lower back to be unnecessarily loaded. This is also compounded by the inadequate ergonomics of the workplace: uncomfortable chairs, tables with little space, performing work tasks sitting on the sofa or lying on the bed, the computer in a bad position, bad lighting … All these elements cause bad posture which can lead to muscle aches and contractures. To reduce these ‘side effects’ of spending many hours in front of the computer, María Sánchez, e-Health Medical Manager at Cigna Spain, remembers that the table and chair must be of the right height. To know that this premise is fulfilled, you must be able to rest your forearms on the armrests and that your elbows draw a right angle. It is also important that the upper edge of the computer screen is at eye level, that there is adequate lighting (essential to avoid fatigue of the ciliary muscle of the eye) and that the feet are well supported on the ground, ensuring, In this sense, avoid certain postures such as crossing the legs, since it can hinder the venous return, that is, the blood circulation from the legs to the heart. On the other hand, every hour and a half or two hours it is advisable to get up and walk a little, or do exercises to loosen the muscles: squats, stretches of arms, neck, back and legs … The latter are especially beneficial because they contribute to the elimination of toxins, strengthening of muscles and, even, reduction of tension and stress, facilitating an extra energy supply, they point out from Cigna. – Read also: Gluteal exercises that prevent back pain Clinics, hospitals and health centers are safe places If you do not improve with these tips and with physical exercise or symptomatic treatment, you must make an appointment, even if you are afraid of Go to the hospital. And, as experts have already warned, many patients suffering from serious diseases, including stroke or heart attacks, spend them at home by going to the hospital and getting COVID-19. In this sense, we must remember that medical centers are safe places, and that specially designed protocols are activated to prevent users and patients from being at risk. For example, temperature measurement, hydroalcoholic masks and gels, physical distance, ventilation, as well as differentiated circuits for people with symptoms compatible with the infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and the rest of the patients. Related news:

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