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Suggest treatment for persistent back pain

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Dr. Neeraj Kumar


Practicing since :2006

Answered : 2263 Questions

Posted on Thu, 25 Aug 2016 in Back Pain
Question: I have had terrible mid back pain for several months now. It is hard to stand up straight. I also have occasional wheezing. What could be causing this? I'm 72 but otherwise healthy. I am a former smoker
Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar 19 minutes later
Brief Answer:
You need to get examined by a neurologist and investigated

Detailed Answer:
I have gone through your question and understand your concerns.

Persistent back pain at this age needs to be evaluated in detail.
First step should be examination by a neurologist.
Any suspicion should lead to spine imaging preferably MRI.
At this age possibility of osteoporosis, malignancy, myeloma, should be kept.
Till then you can continue pain killers and calcium supplements.

Any history of recurrent fracture, night pain, weakness, muscle wasting?

Hope you found the answer helpful.
Do get back to me for further queries with reports.
Dr N Kumar
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