My 95 year old Mom has been having lower back pain for some time (decades). It seems to be causing her more issues recently. I know she hesitates to take medicine (Advil) to relieve her symptoms until it's so painful there's no other option.
My cousin, trying to be helpful, told Mom last week that she should visit an oncologist to rule out a more sinister reason for her back pain. Mom told me this information tonight, and I am both annoyed by my cousin and anxious on Mom's behalf.
Mom doesn't have any other symptoms. She hasn't lost weight. She's not coughing. She has been falling asleep in her chair more often, but that's only because she's 95 and not sleeping well at night.
I feel like it's osteoarthritis and her symptoms might improve with more regular use of meds like Advil. Heat on the joint when she's resting would also help.
Does anyone have other recommendations? Wouldn't something suspicious come up in her regular blood work if it was a more serious condition?