Strain of the back muscles and ligaments can cause similar symptoms. This usually results from wrong or heavy lifting, or following improper movement or posture. Muscle spasm alone can cause the back pain which can be an unidentified cause. Spasm of the neck muscle leads to severe headaches.
In these cases, self care and avoiding the precipitating cause will lead to a gradual but clear improvement in the spasm. Home treatment includes the use of analgesics, cold or hot therapy.
Rest for maximum two days is also beneficial. If these measures fail to improve symptoms in 48 hours, you should visit your doctor for better evaluation and for exclusion of other causes that need specific therapy.
If the pain is intense, especially when you lay down, if it causes weakness or numbness of the legs, if it is associated with GI or bladder problems, or there is fever or unexplained weight loss, you also have to consult your physician immediately. Keep on follow up with your doctor, only by complete history and physical examination he can recommend the proper management.
This answer does not substitute for direct medical consultation.
Dr. Safaa Mahmoud.
MB BCh, MSc Internal Medicine. MD Medical Oncology.
PhD Experimental Medicine and Biochemical Science.