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The back pain problem

Case history 5

You have osteoarthritis of the left hip and both knees. Three years from retirement, the pain becomes so unbearable with activity that you can only walk 50 yards.

a. Would you

1) retire early?

2) limp a lot?

3) take an analgesic?

4) use alternative techniques?

5) see a physiotherapist?

6) have blocks?

7) have surgery?

b. All treatment fails, and your wife/children/pension plan say that you can’t retire. What analgesics would you consider?

1) Paracetamol

2) non-steroidals

3) COX2 inhibitors

4) Tramadol

5) opioid derivatives

6) opioids

7) antidepressants


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