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   Posted 5/25/2011 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, my sister suffers from severe backaches, the doctors say its either inflammation or the discs in the back keep moving from its place, the only thing they can do for it is surgery, but in the long run its not worth it coz later on in life her spine will give away completely, n she won't be able to move at all. Can someone please suggest something other than surgery?

Post Edited (aarchi) : 5/25/2011 10:56:08 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/26/2011 3:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello aarchi!

Welcome to the Chronic Pain forum!

I'm going to cut to the chase here, and say that Dr's don't do surgery when they do not know what is going on with a severe back problem. You state that the Dr is unsure as to what the problem is, and suspects "inflammation" or that the discs are "moving"? ....and that the only thing they can do is surgery?.....if her Dr has stated this, then she she should run as fast as she can away from this Dr!....and seek a competent physician who can better tell what the real problem is.

Normally test are performed such as MRI's and CT scans, and such, in order to better diagnose the problem. Again, these can give the DR's a better picture as to what may be going on with the spine.

If these test have been performed, and there is indeed a problem with the spine, ....then, there are several options one can choose, before selecting corrective surgery. Those options can include "Physical Therapy", "Epidurals"...and several others that slip my mind here at 3:30am shakehead

Surgery should be the last resort, but not rejected out of fear for the unknown. The other option, would be to seek out a pain management Dr, to help her through the pain issues, but please do realize that this is only a mask on the real problem.

Again the bottom line here is that if her Dr is unsure as you have stated here, and then is suggesting surgery...then something is very wrong! She needs to seek a second opinion. Although I commend you seeking advice on behalf of your sister...I'm afraid that the information you have provided us is just too vague....and the members here would need more that we might be able to point your sister in a better direction.

We are not Dr's here, but we can certainly share our own personal experiences, and maybe suggest a better path for your sister to seek.

Again "Welcome"....and see if your sister can, join us here....we would be happy to visit with her!

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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 5/26/2011 3:31:36 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/27/2011 12:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi aarchi!

And it's nice to meet you. I had the same reaction that SE did. Get out for at least a second and maybe a third opinion. But I would steer clear of this guy. Like SE said, if he doesn't know what's wrong why in the dickens is he so eager to grab the knife? Wow, that guy would scare the life out of me. I've been sent to a surgeon before and after talking to him never went back. Instead I returned to my primary and asked for the name of someone who at least cared that there was a person attached to that arm he was going to operate on. When I asked that surgeon how he prefer I handle my diabetes in scheduling surgery his comment was...'my only concern is from the wrist down. the rest of the body isn't not my problem." Guess how fast I got out of that office. It was certainly time for him to retire, IMHO.

I hope you can find an answer that works for you, one that can get your sister back to living and not just existing.

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   Posted 5/27/2011 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Screaming Eagle, Chutz for your advice I will be seeing another doctor just waiting for scan.

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   Posted 5/27/2011 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I third SE's post!!

Is it you or your sister that has this issue? I hope whomever it is does get a proper MRI and sees another Dr...Preferably a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon...(does NOT mean he will have to do surgery...they are just the best Dr.s to order and look over the films and do other treatments)..

I should ALWAYS be the absolute last resort....there are dozens of other things as SE mentioned to be done to help at this early stage if it's just inflammation...even if they are only bulging discs...lots of times they can and will move back into place over time..

If you took 100 people off the street that were 35 and older...almost 50% would have DDD or issues with their discs....and only some of them are in pain from it and others aren't...that is why it's so important to get to the right Dr. to get help...

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