Though infections of the spine are not greatly common occurrences, they are common enough that we felt it was necessary to include this section.
Osteomyelitis, Diskitis, Abscess and Meningitis are all serious infections that need immediate care.
Seek IMMEDIATE MEDICAL HELP if: (Emergency Room)
- You have a fever and headache, and your neck is so stiff that you cannot touch your chin to your chest. This may be meningitis. Call your local emergency number (such as 911) or get to a hospital.
- You have symptoms of a heart attack, such as shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, vomiting, or arm or jaw pain.
Call your health care provider if: (non-Emergency)
- Symptoms do not go away in 1 week with self care
- You have numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm or hand
- Your neck pain was caused by a fall, blow, or injury — if you cannot move your arm or hand, have someone call 911
- Your pain does not go away with regular doses of over-the-counter pain medication
- You have difficulty swallowing or breathing along with the neck pain
- The pain gets worse when you lie down or wakes you up at night
- Your pain is so severe that you cannot get comfortable
- You lose control over urination or bowel movements