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Backache, unable to walk, cannot lift feet, pain radiating to groins. Nerve compression or joint problem?

my mother is 70 years old and had backache for 30 years , in last few days she has severe backache and she is unable to walk , she cant lift her feet , pain is radiating to groins . what can be the cause ? is this a case of nerve compression or some joint problem or what , she is taking brufen tablets so no pain while at rest but cant walk coz of pain
Asked On : Thu, 6 Dec 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

There are two likely causes for your mother's symptoms:

1. Arthritis of hip joints- it is common in older people. X-ray of the hips can help in diagnosing this condition.

2. Lumbar disc disease with compression of the nerves at back- this can lead to pain and weakness of legs.

An additional condition to exclude is osteoporosis- weakness of bones- which is again common in old age.

An evaluation by a neurologist/orthopedician could be useful in sorting the problem out and planning the treatment.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Fri, 7 Dec 2012
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