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Suggest treatment for severe back pain in an elderly person

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Posted on Tue, 9 Feb 2016
Question: Hi. I am 70 years old female and have prolapse for years. Suddenly it has become worse causing pain and back pain. I have not changed anything except to lose 3 stones in weight to try and improve my health. Can losing weight at my age cause problems?
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Answered by Dr. Saad Sultan (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
take rest , use painkillers and muscle relaxants. avoid exertion

Detailed Answer:
I am dr XXXXXXX XXXXXXX and I will be answering your query. I have read and understood your health concerns.

What is your weight? Do you have urinary incontinence and weakness in legs?

At the outset, losing weight would not cause pain / back pain. Contrarily, you should aim to keep your weight according to height.

Disc prolapse is concerned, all you need is to stay calm. This may be the cause of back pain. Do complete bed rest for two weeks any avoid any exertion like bending forward.
There is need to get your physical examination. X ray And MRI of lumbosacral spine should be done to determine exact site.
If I am your attending physician I will prescribe you painkillers like acetaminophen 500 mg three times a day along with muscle relaxants like thiocholchicoside 2 mg at night. Bed rest is must.

Indigestion and gas issues are not due to weight loss either. In light of MRI report I will decide whether to go for surgery or not.

Stay calm and meet orthopedic surgeon.
Hope it helps
Regards
Dr XXXXXXX XXXXXXX
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Follow up: Dr. Saad Sultan (8 hours later)
Don't have disc prolapse. I have vaginal prolapse. Weight 8stone 7lbs. height 5'1. Glad weight loss not due to my current problem. I do have weakness in left leg. Just thought this was due to old age.
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Answered by Dr. Saad Sultan (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
vaginal prolapse needs intervention

Detailed Answer:
Welcome at HCM
I appreciate your follow up.
As far as vaginal prolapse is concerned , it has to be examined clinically for the grade. Normally surgical intervention is needed yo fix it.
There are other options like ring pessary for mild cases.
Stay calm and avoid exertion, particularly straining. If you are having asthma it need to be treated first.
Stay calm and use acetaminophen to relieve pain.
You need to be examined by your gynaecologist..
Hope it helps
Regards
Dr Saad Sultan
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Brief Answer: take rest , use painkillers and muscle relaxants. avoid exertion Detailed Answer: I am dr XXXXXXX XXXXXXX and I will be answering your query. I have read and understood your health concerns. What is your weight? Do you have urinary incontinence and weakness in legs? At the outset, losing weight would not cause pain / back pain. Contrarily, you should aim to keep your weight according to height. Disc prolapse is concerned, all you need is to stay calm. This may be the cause of back pain. Do complete bed rest for two weeks any avoid any exertion like bending forward. There is need to get your physical examination. X ray And MRI of lumbosacral spine should be done to determine exact site. If I am your attending physician I will prescribe you painkillers like acetaminophen 500 mg three times a day along with muscle relaxants like thiocholchicoside 2 mg at night. Bed rest is must. Indigestion and gas issues are not due to weight loss either. In light of MRI report I will decide whether to go for surgery or not. Stay calm and meet orthopedic surgeon. Hope it helps Regards Dr XXXXXXX XXXXXXX