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Whom to consult for spine injury, arthritis, diabetes and temporal arteritis?

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Posted on Wed, 3 Feb 2016
Question: I have arthritis. diabetes, temporal arteritis and fibro, Why can I not have pain medication. Should I be seeing a specialist? Which specialty?

Is there anything I can do about the injury to my spine caused by large doses of prednisone taken to treat the arteritis? Also fell 14 times in 2014 causing more pain.
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (19 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
See a Geriatrist!

Detailed Answer:
HI and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about these disease conditions and the pain you have reported. Am surprised you are not on pain medications. Your conditions warrant pain medications and more so if you are in pain. The best doctor to see for holistic management of all these conditions including the falls is a geriatrist or rheumatologist. The pain the the spine would have been prevented by administering vitamin D and calcium alongside heavy doses of prednisolone. At this time, increased calcium and vitamin D intake will prevent further deterioration.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be. Above all, thanks for using our services.
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Whom to consult for spine injury, arthritis, diabetes and temporal arteritis?

Brief Answer: See a Geriatrist! Detailed Answer: HI and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about these disease conditions and the pain you have reported. Am surprised you are not on pain medications. Your conditions warrant pain medications and more so if you are in pain. The best doctor to see for holistic management of all these conditions including the falls is a geriatrist or rheumatologist. The pain the the spine would have been prevented by administering vitamin D and calcium alongside heavy doses of prednisolone. At this time, increased calcium and vitamin D intake will prevent further deterioration. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be. Above all, thanks for using our services.