Friday, July 13, 2012
I need help getting my husband out of the car!!!
Presentations for back pain vary greatly. They range from the calm and cool, chronic back pain that is "worse than usual and I can't get into my doctor" to the person who the relative states "needs help getting out of the car, probably a stetcher". Oh, there is drama, lots of drama with back pain.
Hey I know back pain hurts. I once did something to my back at work and had to go home. By the time I got home, I couldn't stand up. Here's the thing: I took NSAIDS, used heat and ice, rested it. It went away on its own. Never went to the doctor.
My point? I know there are a lot of people who have serious injuries, but most are a simple muscle strain that people don't treat the right way. Then it gets worse and becomes a chronic problem. Many, many people, probably including many nurses have "bulging discs". They cause occasional pain but they live with it.
Why so much back pain in this country? Obesity. Out of shape. Stress.
Back pain is probably a billion dollar industry. Lots of back surgeries that don't work. Thousands and thousands of narcotic prescriptions written. Chiropractors making milllions. What I always think about all these people coming in for back pain is how do you know if someone is really having pain? Is there some physical exam you can do to tell? You could easily lie, carry on and walk out with a script for Percocet.
Posted by girlvet at 9:51 AM