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friend with backpain

shelazanesshelazane Posts: 1
edited 04/03/2015 - 9:58 AM in Lower Back Pain
i have a friend who has back pain, they have had it for over 4 years
he has gone to over 3 physiotherapists but nothing is changing
how can i help my friend

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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. Isolating spinal problems can almost be like the game of Clue. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:

- When did this first start?
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

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  • Get them to read the info on this site. It's very informative and was a massive help to me. If I hadn't learned what I did from this site, I would not have insisted on further investigations and finally got a correct diagnosis which was then surgically treated.

    I would encourage them to seek help from an orthopaedic surgeon that specialises in spinal work, or a neurosurgeon, and ask them about diagnostic imaging like MRI or CT scanning.

    I've been through it all in the past two years and had success in the end so feel free to PM me if I can help.

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
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