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someone with acute emphazema and an arthritic spine

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What are the treatment options for someone with acute emphazema and an arthritic spine?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. M. Lahkar replied 8 years ago.
Hi, although emphysema is known to be an irreversible condition, there are precautionary measures to reduce the progress and improve the quality of life.

For an acute attack, you will need hospitalization and treatment with inhaled or oral steroids, bronchodilators, anticholinergics, and supplemental oxygen. Oxygen has been seen to prolong life in these patients. Look up this site for details.

Treatment for an arthritic spine will depend on the symptoms of the patients. Most commonly patients have chronic low back pain. Usually patients are advised exercise to strengthen the spinal musculature, hot and cold compresses to reduce the inflammation, analgesics like ibuprofen, naproxen etc. There are also other surgical and non-surgical ways depending on the requirement. Please look up this site.

I suggest that you consult your doctor before taking any medicine.

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