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Too hurt for Spinal Flow?
Every once in a while spine pain is caused by cancer, infection, or broken bone. In the low back there can also be cauda equina syndrome, and in the neck a dislocated dens. Again, this is probably not you, but if it is, you should see a medical doctor, ASAP.
Also known as bad timing. This can be extreme pain in the neck or back, sometimes with pain and tingling running down ONE arm or leg? With patience it’s usually not as bad as it seems.
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Red Flag: history of cancer
The number one predictor of current or future cancer is a past history of cancer. Thus, a yes to this question substantially raises that odds spine current spine pain is from cancer as opposed to, or in addition to, typical spine pain caused by typical causes poor fitness and posture.
Red Flag: pain unchanged with rest
While bed rest is generally considered a poor treatment for spine pain, if the pain is mechanical or postural, there are usually some positions that feel better than others, at least in the short term. Pain that is progressive, unchanging, and unrelenting regardless of rest and postural positions increases the odds that it could result from cancer or infection, as opposed to poor posture and poor fitness.
Red Flag: urinary retention
Urinary retention can result from malignancy or cauda equina syndrome (an emergency condition, usually caused when an especially large herniated disc substantially impinges on a large number of nerves in the lumbar spine, and for which emergency surgery is indicated to lessen the risk of permanent disability).
Red Flag: unexplained fever
Typical spine pain does not cause a fever. A fever could indicate an infection which while rare in the spine, can and does happen.