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Bundle of nerves that causes severe back pain
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nraven posted:
I'm trying to help my Grandmother with her severe back pain. Her doctor told her that there was nothing that could be done for her. Apparently, a bundle of nerves are causing her such great pain. She has been on everything from Vicodin to morphine patches. Anti-inflammatories will work, but she has kidney issues and can not take them. I hate to see her suffer like this and slowly become house and bed-ridden. Any help on procedures, treatments, or medications would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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bj1208 responded:
Hi Nraven - welcome to the support group -

We do need to know a little more info regarding your grandmother -

What doc's has she seen?

What type of tests have been done?

Where is the nerve pains? Arms or legs?

What I would suggest is that she see her primary care physician for a referral to either an Orthopedic Spine Specialist or a Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist - This does not mean that see needs surgery but this is a good starting point for tests - which may include current MRI and/or CT Scans - these physicians are the best at reading the results. Also if she is having nerve root problems an EMG test and Nerve Conduction Test (see link). The MRI/CT Scan will show if there are any spine/disc problems and if any discs are impinging on nerve roots. The EMG Nerve Conduction Test will show if there is any nerve damage and may show which disc(s)are causing the problems. Once these tests have been performed the surgeon can let you/her know what the best treatment options are which may include Pain Management through a Physiatrist Pain Clinic would be good; Physical Therapy; Chiropractic Care, just to name a few.

Be sure she is seeing the right doctors - there are some that are Orthopedic Surgeons and Neurosurgeons - these are not the same as Orthopedic Spine Specialist / Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist.

Please let us know as little more about your grandmother as it will help us to help you more.

Take care - Joy~~
 
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bj1208 responded:
oops! forgot to post the link - here it is:

http://www.webmd.com/brain/electromyogram-emg-and-nerve-conduction-studies


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