I hope somebody can help me out. My mother is a very active 70 year old although she's had quite a few falls in her life, twice resulting in a broken tailbone and also hairline fractured vertebrae (lower spine.) Thankfully, these injuries have not caused her too many problems over the years...just once or twice she's seemed to have back pain that's gone away.
About a month ago, however, she was stretching and putting up some curtains and all of sudden developed an excruciating pain in her lower back. This kept her in bed for a few days. She went to see a doctor who sent her for a back x-ray. He said she had a "really bad back with lots of arthritis and degeneration" but she knew that already. He also said there seemed to be a curvature of the lower spine L2-L4, and he wasn't sure if this was recent or due to past injuries (no previous x-ray to compare.) He prescribed her some anti-inflammatories and painkillers and suggested she go for a CT-Scan once she gets back from her holidays. (My mother cannot have an MRI due to her pacemaker.)
Anyhow, the back pain seemed to subside for the most part but she subsequently developed numbness and pain in one leg....to the point she could hardly walk on it. She is away on vacation still now and wrote me this morning that she woke up with terrible knee pain now (also in the same leg) and her knee is also swollen.
Can this all be due to a herniated disc perhaps? Any help or advice I could give her would be recommended.
She is not back in town until next week but I am wondering what she can do in the meantime. She is still taking her anti-inflammatories