Back pain that develops suddenly can be disabling at first, but will usually ease over time.
What to do
If you've developed back pain, or back and leg pain, in the last 48 hours:
- take painkillers - this can help your pain and help you move
- apply heat or cold - this can also help your pain
- keep active - try and keep moving, even if you have to go carefully at first
- do some back exercises - working out any tension, or stiffness, in your back can help you to keep active
You should also follow this advice if you back pain has got worse.
When to see your GP
You should speak to your GP as soon as possible if you have back pain and:
- find it difficult to pass or control urine
- feel numbness or altered sensation around your back passage or genitals - such as wiping after the toilet
- have pins and needles around your back passage or genitals - such as wiping after the toilet
If your GP surgery is closed, phone 111.
Sitting and standing
If you have back pain, you may find it difficult to get out of bed or get up from a chair or the floor. There are some simple techniques you can use to make this easier and more comfortable.
If you've tried these techniques but still find it too painful or difficult to get off the floor, speak to your GP. If your GP surgery is closed, phone 111.