This is a good question. Although you already received emergency care for your back, it is very important that you follow up with your primary care doctor
since you are still having pain that is affecting your quality of life. Your doctor will ask you many questions about your symptoms and do a full history and physical. Depending on what your doctor discovers, he or she may order imaging, such as an x-ray
(if this was not done in the ER) or a CT or MRI
. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for visits to the doctor. It can be caused by many things, such as a pulled or strained muscle, a slipped disc, arthritis, or even referred pain from your pancreas. Often times, musculoskeletal pain (like what it sounds like you are describing) needs a course of physical therapy in order for it to improve. Massage therapy can also be very helpful if the problem is muscular in nature. Sometimes the problem stems from poor mechanics or a poor quality mattress. Again, as it sounds like your pain is quite severe, it is very important for you to make an appointment with your primary care doctor as soon as possible.