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Hurt back in a army accident. Having low back pain. Taking tyleol, ibuprofen and naproxen. What to do?

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I am a Army Veteran. I hurt my back kind of badly in a vehicle accident in 2008 and its gets worse off and on. I do not qualify for VA disability based upon the % disability awarded upon my discharge and I dont qualify financially for VA healthcare. I struggle, because I am still relatively young and my doctors tell me that lower back pain is what drug seekers use to get narcotics. This is a real life problem for me, i try everything I can to manage the pain, by new mattresses, tyleol, ibuprofen, naproxen, chiropractors, and nothing really helps. Im a 30 year old working professional and ex army captain but I get treated like a drug addict every time i ask a doctor to help me. What do I do?
Posted Mon, 1 Jul 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Arif N Khan 1 hour later

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Chronic low back pain needs to be evaluated. After analyzing your history it seems to be SCIATICA pain, where there will be chronic shooting type of back pain. Hence, I strongly advise you to get radio-logically investigated to know the cause for this back pain, rather than taking on and off pain killers.

I suggest you to approach a PHYSIOTHERAPIST and follow the exercises as advised by them. It is more essential to rule out any compression over any nerves following your accident.

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you. In case of any doubt, I will be available for follow-ups. If you like my answers kindly rate it, and write a review as well.

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