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Please suggest some good questions i should ask my doctor about back pain.

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Dr. David Dechellis answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Ask: Ask your physician if specific braces may help improve ability to tolerate work and activity.

Answered 2/18/2014

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Dr. Sandra Pinkham answered

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Listen: Listen to your body. If you can't explain the pain and it is not responding get a good examination.

Answered 5/29/2016

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Dr. Mike Moore answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Ask: Ask your doctor if they have a favorite physical therapist that they use to treat back pain.

Answered 4/24/2014

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery

Ask: Ask your doctor if/when you need imaging (mri of the spine).

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Christopher Nicora answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

When: When pain is radiating or "shooting down" down your leg, consult your physician.

Answered 3/30/2014

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

Why: Why do I have back pain, and where is the pain generator?

Answered 4/2/2013

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Dr. Mark Galland answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Numbness/: Numbness/ tingling in any portion of your body can indicate injury or an abnormality of the spine.

Answered 4/2/2013

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Talk: Talk to your physician to see if you would benefit from chiropractic care for your back.

Answered 4/2/2013

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Back: Back pain without radiation to the legs suggests no pinched nerve. Ask if you can wait on ct & mris.

Answered 4/2/2013

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Dr. Charles Cattano answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

Am: Am i at risk for ulcers (nsaid-gastropathy), & do I need prophylaxis against one if i take nsaid's?

Answered 3/16/2013

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Dr. Boris Aronzon answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Is: Is surgery an option with my type of back pain?

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Dr. Theodore Shybut answered

Specializes in Sports Medicine

Tell: Tell your md if you have history of cancer, fevers, unexplained weight loss, trauma.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Theodore Shybut answered

Specializes in Sports Medicine

Tell: Tell your md if you have urinary retention, incontinence, current or prior urinary tract infection.

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

If: If injured, get precise restrictions including weight limits on lifting, pushing, pulling.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Colin Kerr answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Is: Is it ok to try a muscle relaxant if Ibuprofen is not giving enough relief? (answer should be 'yes').

Answered 2/5/2018

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Dr. Theodore Shybut answered

Specializes in Sports Medicine

Tell: Tell your md if you are immunosuppressed, have been on steroids, have used IV drugs.

Answered 6/10/2014

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Dr. Theodore Shybut answered

Specializes in Sports Medicine

Tell: Tell your doc about any trauma (even a minor fall or heavy lifting in person w/low bone density).

Answered 12/5/2013

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Dr. William Newton answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Treatments: Treatments that avoid the use of pain medications.

Answered 3/29/2013

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Dr. Jason Lichten answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Women: Women with large breasts should document symptoms and ask for evaluation from plastic surgeon.

Answered 3/29/2013

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Dr. Victor Bonuel answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Is: Is it curable? When do you recommend epidural shots or surgery? Are they effective? Do I have arthritis?

Answered 3/1/2019

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Dr. Linda Gromko answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

If: If you struggle with back or shoulder pain, ask your doctor for a prescription for massage.

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Dr. Robert Kent answered

Specializes in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

With: With low back pain, ask you dr about cause: muscle, facet, si, disc, etc. It defines treatment.

Answered 3/3/2014

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