Back pain can often be a cause of worry for people.
It is important to remember that most back pain – whilst an inconvenience – is rarely dangerous or disabling.
Sometimes, pain that feels like it is in the back may not be. For instance, people with kidney stones will often feel a pain in their lower back, but it is not the structures of the back that are causing the problem.
There is a particularly serious back issue, known as cauda equina syndrome, where the nerves that spread out from the lumber spine become compressed to such an extent that bladder or bowel issues can occur, along with numbness between the legs, anus and genitals. This is called Cauda Equina Syndrome (C.E.S.) and although it is rare, it requires urgent medical attention. You can read more about CES on the NHS website here.
If you are concerned that your back pain might be a symptom of something more serious, please call 111 or 999.