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Centre for Orthopaedics
Suite 10-33/34/35 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road
Singapore, 329563, Singapore
Ph: (65) 6684 5828
Fax: (65) 6684 5829

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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My mother is in a lot of pain ever since she fell last year. She has no injuries that the doctor can find and I think they are just writing her off as an complaining old lady. I believe that she is having pain, but I can't convince the doctors. Is there anything I can do to help?

Pain isn't always identifiable. The causes can be hidden or the pain can be psychosomatic, or in the mind. However, that does not mean that the pain doesn't exist, just that it's not physical.

If it is possible, try to get your mother referred to a pain clinic where she can be assessed again about what may be causing the pain. If they can't find any reason for the pain, they still may be able to provide options for her to get some relief. There could be medication or even counseling to help her manage the pain or to find ways to work around it.

Keep advocating for your mother; there are ways to help but you may have to be persistent and do more looking around.


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