Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Clinical Review

Low back pain

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1119

Rapid Response:

Re: Low back pain - not just a physical disorder

As a sufferer of intractable low back pain and bi-lateral sciatica
due to spinal stenosis, post opperative scaring following hemis discectomy
and central sensitisation etc. It is so infuriating to find that this
attitude is voiced strongly whereas I have as yet to hear the other side
from the medical profession. It is so often the case that as soon as the
situation appears difficult to deal with the psychosamatic card is played
and the patient hurried to the door. It is quite amasing to hear the
nashing of teeth when the shoe is on the other foot. A medic with severe
back pain, not a pretty sight but the problem suddenly becomes so real.

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03 June 2004