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Old 01-30-2014, 08:59 PM   #1
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A Doctor that will actually listen/investigate? Chronic Back pain

Basically my brother who is in excellent shape, was [up until this injury] a gym/health nut has had chronic SEVERE back pain for almost two years now

He has had ultrasounds, MRI's, Xrays, etc. to no avail in finding the problem, massage therapy, chiro, yoga, etc. has resulted in nothing

our family doctor is pretty much useless, she's very young and basically runs her practice like a walk-in clinic messed up his initial MRI resulting in us having to pay another $600 at a private clinic because the area in question was not examined in the first pass.

in his research he's come upon "Ankylosing spondylitis"
which basically sounds exactly what he's been experiencing for the past two years and he is in the exact age bracket many experience it in. The problem is he now lives in Williams lake for his COOP program and the health care there is terrible [IE. they will not even prescribe any opiates because how serious addiction/drug trade is there]

So his problem is that he has very limited windows in which to seek treatment/advice as a COOP student he cannot take time off, and yes i know Health is obviously more important than school but this is his final year of COOP for an engineering degree.

So basically i'm looking for recommendations in doctors/specialists/sports medicine who are highly regarded, have some experience with this, and will take proactive action in treating him

any recommendations would be great, thanks

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I feel for your bro but he should consider himself lucky they wont prescribe opiates. They are a terrible bandaid that prolongs or completely prevents healing. Compounded by the dependency issues and the withdrawal symptoms of these drugs that often mimick the problem they are supposed to help. I do have a couple very close friends that live up that way one of which is an old timer with lots of health issues himself I'll ask who he sees if anyone lol
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Does he do a lot of heavy squats at the gym ?
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holy I relate to the shitty family doctor experience very much, seems like they're just trying to hustle you outta there a$ap
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:44 AM   #5
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Does he do a lot of heavy squats at the gym ?
Used to deadlift and squat fairly heavy but hasn't for over a year

Also sorry for any confusion but looking for doctors in the lower mainland not in Williams lake etc
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