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Acute lower back pain - no remedy

BirtBBirt Posts: 1
edited 07/04/2013 - 9:39 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello, I'm writing on behalf of my 74 year old father who despite his years was fit as could be up until 6 months ago when he suffered mild back pain. This shortly became severe pain where he has no relief. He has had CAT scans and back specialists etc , all of whom cannot pin point where the pain is coming from. Pain killers either don't work or give him hallucinations. I am fearing for him as his enthusiasm to find a cure is waning. Does anyone have any ideas..?? Any help is very appreciated. FYI we live in Australia Thankyou geoff


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  • That has to be very frustrating for you and your family. I don't know anything about health care in Australia, nor do I have any advice as to what it could be. Can he request an MRI?
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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  • reesemayrreesemay Posts: 67
    edited 07/15/2013 - 9:46 AM
    I have had severe back pain as well. For me, the epidural injections were of help. They were also diagnostic also.
    This is a proceedure the pain managemnet Dr's usually can do. A lot of pain management Dr's here in the USA are anestheiologists. I think if you go see a spine specialist they usually can do the injections or give you more ideas on what
    can help you. In the mean time ice, ice ice. If he is having spasms and cramping, ask him if he can try to move opposite of cramp, like mild easy stretch. This has been of help for me, does not cure it but helps some.
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