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My grandmother always complains about her upper back hurting. What can help her constant pain go.Away?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Pain Management

Back pain tend to be chronic and almost never heals.
If severe go to a pain management specialist to receive injections of anasthesics with cortisone. Some pts will require strong pain medicine for ever. In elderly pts a screening with x ray, MRI or ct scan is done to rule out metastatic cancer and to visualize the area. Other options is to see an spinal orthopedic surgeon to discuss surgery.

In brief: Pain Management

Back pain tend to be chronic and almost never heals.
If severe go to a pain management specialist to receive injections of anasthesics with cortisone. Some pts will require strong pain medicine for ever. In elderly pts a screening with x ray, MRI or ct scan is done to rule out metastatic cancer and to visualize the area. Other options is to see an spinal orthopedic surgeon to discuss surgery.
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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management
4 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly injections

A common cause of back pain, especially in the elderly, is arthritis of the joints of the spine.
If she doesn't respond to a short course of oral steroids (medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack) and anti-inflammatory agents, then she might need injection in the back to help control that pain. Talk to her doctor about these options.

In brief: Possibly injections

A common cause of back pain, especially in the elderly, is arthritis of the joints of the spine.
If she doesn't respond to a short course of oral steroids (medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack) and anti-inflammatory agents, then she might need injection in the back to help control that pain. Talk to her doctor about these options.
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Go 2 Pain Management

Make sure pain is not caused by cancer.
Get x ray and or MRI or cts. If physical therapy and antiinflammatories or oral cortisone don't help refer her to a pain management clinic for injections, otherwise would require narcotics forever.

In brief: Go 2 Pain Management

Make sure pain is not caused by cancer.
Get x ray and or MRI or cts. If physical therapy and antiinflammatories or oral cortisone don't help refer her to a pain management clinic for injections, otherwise would require narcotics forever.
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