When to consult your doctor
Most back pain is not serious, but it can be a warning sign of serious disease.
If you have any of the following symptoms with back pain you should immediately consult your GP surgery or telephone NHS Choices Free on 111.
Fever of 38ºC (100.4ºF) or above
Unexplained weight loss
Swelling in the back
Constant back pain that doesn't ease after lying down
Pain in your chest or high up in your back
Pain down your legs and below the knees
Loss of bladder or bowel control
Inability to pass urine
Numbness around your genitals, buttocks or back passage
- Pain that is worse at night