Back pains are one of the most common physical problems experienced by people all over today. They can range from mild to extreme, resulting in pain and distress throughout the day and even worse – at night.

Some basic reasons for back pain can be associated with acute muscle strain and herniated disc. However, some mild back pains do seem to get better through various acute treatments like massages, daily exercise, and yoga.

Back pain symptoms that range in intensity from benign to severe pain are the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. You might be wondering:

What could these symptoms possibly be?

Fret no more! Here are 5 indications that hints that you need some external help.

  1. Back Pain That Occurs At Night

This is a unique type of lower back pain that can suggest a more serious problem with your spine.

Most people adjust their sleeping positions accordingly to get some relief from the back pain they experience during the day. Though the pain does not subside merely by changing sleeping positions, the pain can get much worse if left untreated.

This pain can be completely non-existent throughout the day. But, at night it could be so bad, getting sound sleep would appear unimaginable.

So What Causes The Nighttime Back Pain? 

As with normal back pain, the cause for nighttime back pain isn’t exactly clear. It can be caused by any of the following:

  • Disc degeneration – causes the discs to break down with age.
  • Serious accidents which cause fractures or which may result in a fall.
  • Conditions such as scoliosis – which is the narrowing of the spinal column.
  • Kidney stones, pregnancy and certain types of cancer can also lead to back pain.

Safe to say it’s time to visit the doctor if you are facing any of these symptoms.

  1. Losing Control Of Your Bladder 

Cauda Equina Syndrome – Is a rare disorder which causes the spinal nerves to be compressed – in which it cuts off all sensation and movement. It’s a condition that requires urgent surgery.

This requires quick treatment to prevent any lasting damage to the lower spinal cord, which sends and receives messages to and from the legs, feet, and pelvic organs.

What are the basic symptoms of CES – Cauda Equina Syndrome?

It’s hard to diagnose this rare disorder. The symptoms unfold a bit slow and sometimes imitate other conditions. If you have any of the following symptoms, visit the doctor immediately:

  • Intense lower back pain
  • Numbness or pain in one or both legs that may cause stumbling or have problems getting up from a chair.
  • Loss of sensation in areas around inner thighs, back of your legs, buttocks, or feet.
  • Having trouble controlling bowel functions or having trouble ejecting urine or waste.
  • Sudden sexual dysfunction.

  1. Difficulty To Locate Pain 

There are countless reasons why you are suffering from back pain; accidents, muscle pulls, sports injuries.

There can be many causes and they can all be different but the symptoms are all the same.

Symptoms of back pain can include:

  • Aching or stiffness anywhere along the spine, from the base to the tailbone.
  • Quick, sharp pain to the upper or lower back – particularly after lifting something heavy or participating in any strenuous activity.
  • Chronic pain in the middle or lower part of the back, especially after sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Pain that spreads from the lower back to the buttocks, and down the back of the thighs – straight down into the calves or toes.
  • Incapable of standing straight without having any muscle spasms in the lower back.

All these symptoms require a follow up with your doctor immediately.

  1. Morning stiffness

We all face some morning rigidity, it’s usual to have some back and shoulder aches which usually disappear after a bit of stretching. But if it lasts for more than half an hour, it is more than likely it’s a sign of inflammatory arthritis e.g. Ankylosing Spondylitis.

If left untreated it may result in the vertebrae of the spine to be fused together, making it difficult to move around. It also increases the risk of heart diseases.

Possible symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis?

There are a few common symptoms to look out for:

  • Stiffness and pain – continuous pain in the lower back, buttocks, and hips that can go on for over three months.
  • Bony fusion – overgrowth of the bones, or abnormalities like the joining of bones. It can affect the neck, back or hips.
  • Pain in ligaments and tendons – may cause pain behind or beneath the heel, like the Achilles tendon, at the back of the ankles.

This is a fundamental disease, which means its symptoms may not just be limited to the joints. It can cause a lot of other issues throughout the body. Rare cases develop heart or lung complications. It is suggested to get a proper check up if any of the symptoms occur.

  1. High Risk for Fractures

There are various risks for fractures – recent accidents or the use of steroids. Both of which can weaken the bones.

Or getting diagnosed with Osteoporosis.

So What is Osteoporosis?

It’s a disease that increases the risk of unforeseen fractures. It makes the bones thinner making them easier to break.

But here’s the kicker:

This is a disease that transpires over time. The first sign is a broken bone, commonly appears in the spine or hip. While some people recover from a fracture as the bone heals. Others may have long-lasting pain.

Symptoms of Osteoporosis comes with age. Those include back pain, height loss, and a stooped posture.

Final Thoughts

Sometimes, we avoid going to the doctor and instead look up symptoms online. We merely trick ourselves into thinking we don’t need an external help for something as minute as  back pains.

However, these symptoms should not be taken lightly. Certain back pains require immediate diagnosis followed by proper treatment.

The truth is, we should schedule monthly appointments, have healthier diets, and focus on leading a happy and pain-free life.


This article was contributed by Stepheny on behalf of FeedFond. She loves to promote good health practices and motivational stories. Check out more of her work at