My 68 year old boyfriend has had chronic lower back pains for about 2 1/2 years now. He has tried physio, chiropractor services both regular and more expensive ones, consulted with neuro-surgeon, in case it had something to do also with his spinal column. After all these follow-ups and check-ups, we got down to lower back pains. Most of the time he has these pains from the lower back down from the hips to the right leg he feels numbness and cold. What should he do at this time because he is really frustrated with this situation not being able to to anything.
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 68
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do you have a MRI scan result of the Lumbar spine?
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it says you are typing, could you just type "yes"
Yes, and that's why we know it's got nothing to do with his spinal column.
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so he has lumbar spasm ?
does he have radicular pain into his legs?
yes and numbness on the right hip down to the leg with pains most of the time on the lower back.
what does that mean?
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so radicular means root pain, coming from his back, it shoots down the leg and gives numbness and possibly weakness.
If he saw a neurologist, I expect he would get an EMG test to look at the root function
this is an electrical test to evaluate for nerve damage as a cause for his pain and numbness
there are also medications that help for this type of pain, neurontin (gabapentin), Lyrica (pregabalin) and sometimes Cymbalta (duloxetine)
We did all the follow up with the neurologist and he said he could not do anything else for him since he deals only with the spine the the brain. He suggested to go see an orthopedic which my boyfriend hS NOT DONE YET.
but he needs a diagnosis, and the neurologist could help with that. the
can't remember about that. what does an emg find out?
an EMG is an electromyogram. it looks at the function by giving electrical shocks to the nerve, and then recording nerve signals with a pin like device which is an electrode.
If the nerve is pinched in the back, it can record abnormal signals, and if he has a nerve disease like from diabetes, it can detect that as well, or an inherited nerve disorder
that one, I have no idea because there was one appointment I didn't go with him.
Oh I see.
I know that his late mom was paralysis before she died but I don't know from what and the sister had polio from childhood.
what is that about???
could it have been caused also by work accidents, which he had involving the lower back?
sure but the mri would have shown it
well, you said it could also be an inherited nerve disorder/
so that's probably why he recommended him to see an orthopedic
would you recommend also accupuncture as an alternative?
well if this is a familial neuropathy, he needs a neurologist.
well if it helps his pain, I have seen that happen yes
alright, so the only thing that he would need to see then is the orthopedic, would that help.
I think so if he has some skeletal issue to deal with
Guess it depends on what type of neurologist, right?
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yes, you need a neurologist with electrodiagnostic capability that can do the emg test and evaluate him for peripheral neuropathy
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alright. thanks a lot for your assistance
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just like what happened to me in the beginning
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