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3 times you should not minimize your back pain

Millions of people struggle with some amount of back pain. They might have been in a car crash or spend most of their day sitting at a computer; they might perform manual labor or suffer from other medical conditions that contribute to serious, disabling back pain.

Whatever the reason for the pain may be, you should not dismiss it. This is especially true in the following situations.

  • The pain won’t go away: People often dismiss chronic back pain because it may seem like it is manageable at first. After a while, people get used to it or assume there is nothing they can do. However, if back pain does not go away, it is important to get medical attention to identify the cause and perhaps pursue treatment options.
  • You need more medication to treat it: After an incident like a car crash or a fall, you might need to take medication for pain relief. If you find that you need more medication more frequently, however, there could be other issues that warrant medical attention.
  • You are starting to experience other problems: Chronic back pain can lead to other conditions like difficulty sleeping and depression. It can also be a sign that something else may be wrong. When one problem turns into multiple problems, it is time to seek medical attention.

An article from Reader’s Digest offers additional suggestions on when to seek medical help for back pain, though the main message is to take chronic back pain seriously. Dismissing it or assuming there is nothing you can do about it could only make matters worse and lead to additional health problems.

If your back pain is so severe that it is disabling, do not hesitate to contact an attorney to discuss options for financial benefits that may be available, including disability benefits.

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