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severe back pain and tingling feet

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 18, 2009
  • 03:54 PM

I am writing this on behalf of my mother. She has been to the doctor for about 2 years and they can't give her a specific diagnosis. It's like they just "suggest" things. She has severe lower back pain which comes and goes. At times when she has it, she can not even get out of bed. She is 76, but she is an extremely active woman, so it's not just her age. Her doctor has told her to take 4 ibuprofen every 4 hours. Sometimes this helps, sometimes the pain is so severe, it just gives her a slight comfort, but not enough to really move around. Her doctor also sent her to a massage therapist. Again, sometimes she gets better, sometimes she can't even walk the next day. Along with this pain is the bottom of her feet tingling. Again, this is not a consistent thing. Her feet actually turn purple. Her doctor has tested for circulation problems all to no avail. He says her circulation is fine. She is a VERY small frame woman. She is 5'0" and weighs 100 pounds (with clothes on). She has had back surgery 16 years ago. The doctors tell her she has a bulging disk, arthritis and scar tissue(from the back surgery). She has had an MRI and X-rays(many). She has had muscle stimulators and accupuncture. If anyone has any suggestions. PLEASE advise. Also, 1 doctor tells her she needs surgery another tells her no. HELP. I can't stand to see her immobilized with this pain.

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