"Pain relief for the elderly"

About: Northern General Hospital

Writing this on behalf of my father, Who has had chronic back pain, due to a car accident many years ago. He has had steriod injections in his back for many years which have controlled his pain to an acceptable level. On attending the pain clinic, he was declined further injections and was offered Gabapenitn. Which he is now refusing to take due to the side effects, such as confusion, diahorreah, not being able to drive, drowsiness etc. Hes independent and lives alone If he was to take the medication given how long would he remain so. would he need social services intervention, surly this would not be cost effective. So this poor man has severe pain and is destined to struggle on. Think you should look at the whole patient not just 'oh he's got back ache '!!

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Response from Deborah Hopkinson, Patient Experience Co-ordinator, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am very sorry to hear about your father's experience at the pain clinic and his difficulties with the new medication. We would like to look into this matter and would be very pleased if you could provide further details. Could you please therefore contact our Patient Services Team either by calling them on 0114 271 2400 or by emailing them at pst@sth.nhs.uk.

With kind regards

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