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Chronic back pain w/diabetes and heart disease

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  • Posted By: Angeljami
  • August 14, 2008
  • 03:09 AM


I stumbled onto this website trying to obtain some type of insight into what is happening to my father.

My father is 70 years old and has diabetes for at least 30 years. He has been on dialysis 3x/week for probably 7 - 10 yrs. He was also diagnosed with congestive heart failure several years ago. He has lived with this and maintained a fairly decent quality of life until approximately 2 mos ago.

Around 4th of July he began complaining of back pain that got progressively unbearable. He was diagnosed with disc bulges and/or protrusion at L4-L5 (I am not absolutely certain about this diagnosis). It is a degenerative disc disease which requires surgery but due to his age and medical conditions, he is not a good candidate.

He was prescribed a morphine patch but this did nothing for him. He continued to have unbearable pain and has been unable to sleep well since early July. He has been prescribed other pain meds and sleep aides to no avail.

He is now back in the hospital and is delirious. He does not know where he is half of the time. He hears things and sees things that are not there and is still in unbearable pain. He is barely eating and has lost probably 20 lbs or more within the last two months.

All tests come back negative. Yet he is still in pain. The doctors are doing nothing for him, IMO. I feel like he's dying before my eyes. My question is, what does this sound like? A degenerative back problem does not seem like it can do this much damage. Any ideas? I would like to give the doctors feedback tomorrow because they don't seem like they care very much.


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