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Pain may be due to a condition, or an injury
Most often, people visit BMI Albyn Hospital with low back pain and chronic neck pain – these are the main two types of pain we see, says our Consultant in Pain Medicine. There are others, too, including chronic abdominal pain and chronic knee pain.
Pain may be due to a condition, or an injury – such as a sports injury, for example.
Sometimes, people experience chronic widespread pain, pain all over the body, because of a clinical, chronic condition like fibromyalgia.
Alongside widespread pain, other tell-tale symptoms of this relatively common condition include extreme tiredness, muscle stiffness, difficulty sleeping, headaches, and problems with mental processes, such as issues with concentration and memory.
We also offer interventions, which includes diagnostic injections for back and neck pain; this helps us find out where the pain is coming from.
Back pain can be due to various different reasons, and the injections we use here at Albyn are for facet joints. For pelvic pain, we use injections for sacroiliac joints.
Facet and sacroiliac joint injections are done in theatre, which involves coordination with the team there. Our Consultant will also coordinate x-rays for these patients.
We may need to consider other interventions for some patients, such as an epidural, where we inject some steroids into the epidural space, for pain relief.
As with all medical procedures, there are a few risks. For epidural specifically, these include:
Other treatments are available besides epidural, too, especially for patients who have had surgery on the spine.
These patients may develop pain, specifically nerve pain in their legs, because of the initial pathology or because of the surgical process.
Another common treatment is radiofrequency denervation procedure, which offers longer lasting pain relief – sometimes for up to two years. During this procedure, a needle is inserted into the back, while the patient is under local anaesthesia.
The radiofrequency waves responsible for heating the tip of the needle destroy the nerve endings, with the aim of the treatment being to stop the nerves sending pain signals to the brain. This can lessen a patient’s pain considerably.
He will then go through your presenting symptoms, usually your pain history, before taking a full medical history and talking about which treatments you have already had. Your Consultant here at the hospital will look at any current treatment you’re undergoing, as well as treatments for pain that you’ve already had.
By looking at your medical history, our Consultant in Pain Medicine may be able to see what is contributing to the pain. He will also look at what impact the pain this has on you; if it is affecting your ability to function or restricting your work, for instance.
Our Pain Management Consultant will need to examine you, in order to come to a diagnosis. If necessary, investigations will be needed, and you will always be informed of this, and you will be given plenty of time to have a think if you are happy going down this route.
Treatment options can be in the form of:
You will look at other options – if you have tried everything – to ensure the best outcome for you.
Pain management procedures are offered under local anaesthetic and/or sedation.
Patients like coming to the hospital, because it’s relatively central to the city, and it has good parking. Staff are welcoming and the hospital prides itself on having extremely high standards of cleanliness.
Below is an at-a-glance look at some of the reasons you might choose BMI Albyn Hospital:
They also come to BMI Albyn Hospital from other parts of north-east of Scotland, including in and around Aberdeen itself, and Dundee.
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