Back pain is one of most common painful condition that affects the lower spine. It affects more than 3 million people per year. According to mayo clinic, approximately 80%of Americans will have low pain at least once in their lives. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for the doctor visit and a leading cause of disability worldwide.
According to National Institute of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin disease , back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move. It can start quickly if you fall or lift something too heavy, or it can get worse slowly. Getting older, lack of exercise, being overweight, pregnancy, genetic factor, and occupational reason (having a job that requires heavy lifting, pushing or pulling) some of the common risk factors that may elevate one’s risk for low back pain.
There is mainly two type of back pain, acute and chronic. According to Cleveland clinic acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in nature. It serves as a warning or threat to the body. It is usually of short duration and heals quickly. Chronic pain is prolonged in duration. It persists for weeks, months or years. It is a major cause of disability and usually associated with prominent mental symptoms such as depression, anger and anxiety.
You know your back hurts. But you may not know whether is it an acute pain or chronic? Take on our quiz to see how severe it really is? Find out where your back pain ranks in this back pain quiz.
- how long have you been suffering from back pain?
- It has been started just a few days ago
- It has been started 2-3 weeks ago, but it has not gone completely. It still hurts a lot
- It has been started months ago
- 2 what was the causative factor of your back pain? (How it has been started?)
- It has been started after a recent injury, but now I am feeling better
- It has been started after a severe fall but it has not been improved, getting worse day by day
- I have been suffered from pain without a clearly determined cause since a long time.
- 3 how would you describe your pain?
- it comes suddenly and usually sharp in nature
- I cannot describe it
- It is usually dull and constantly aching
Q.4 what are other prominent mental symptoms do you have?
- No, I did not have any other prominent mental symptoms
- Nowadays I feel irritated because of worsening of my symptoms
- I always feel sad, depressed, fatigued and sleepless
- 5 do you have any other chronic degenerative or inflammatory disease conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or degenerative disc disease?
- No, I did not have any chronic disease
- I am not sure about it
- I have been suffering from osteoarthritis for 5 years
Q.6 your pain is worsened by?
- Prolonged rest or inactivity
- Prolonged sitting or standing
- 7 your pain is relieved by
- Not sure
- It often fluctuates
Q.8 do you any problems in completing everyday activities?
- Not always, just since few days because of pain
- No, I did not have any problem with everyday activities
- Yes, it is always difficult to complete my everyday activities
- If you have answered the most of the answer as an “A” option, then it is most probably an acute pain. It could indicate a recent injury, fall or any other disease. It serves as a biological warning. Treatment of underlying cause is mandatory.
- If you have answered most of the questions as “B” option, then it is possible that your pain has reached a “subacute stage” and you need to take an extra care of your disease condition and underlying disease. It could be converted into “Chronic pain”
- If you have answered most of the questions as “C” option, then, unfortunately, it could be a “Chronic Pain”. It could indicate an underlying chronic disease. Sometimes there are no identifying causes available.
Note: this quiz is for informational purpose only. It is recommended to seek medical attention for confirming the diagnosis.