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52 year old, type 2 diabetes, hurt back. on ibuprofen for pain relief. getting stabbing radiating pain in buttocks. Causes ?

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my wife is a 52 year old type 2 diabetic recently hurt her back overstretching for wich she has been taking ibuprofen
tonight she has been woken with stabbing pains in buttocks going from back to front
Posted Wed, 11 Apr 2012 in Diabetes
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 2 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.

An injury to the back with stabbing pains in the buttocks is most likely suggestive of a disc compression causing nerve root irritation leading to these symptoms.

An MRI of the spine will help in diagnosis.

Meanwhile she can follow these measures:
- If the pain is severe, she needs bed rest till the pain resolves.
- Get some analgesics prescribed and apply analgesic spray or ointments.
- While resting, keep a pillow under her knees if it doesn't bother her.
- Avoid lifting heavy objects.
- back strengthening exercises and stretching exercises for hamstrings daily as advised by a Physiotherapist after the acute pain subsides.
- avoid exercises in times of pain.
- improvise her posture while sitting.

You may get the initial physical examination, relevant tests and treatment done under care of 'Orthopaedician'.

Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.

Wishing you good health.

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