Forgive me if this has been addressed before. My 88-year-old mom recently experienced a compression fracture in her thoracic spine, which was brought on by osteoporosis. She was seen in the hospital ER Annex and was given Tramedol and Lidocaine 4% patch. Regardless, she is in incredible pain. She has an appointment with a neurosurgeon in 2 days, but I honestly don't know if she can make it. I called & left a message for her primary care physician to update & asked for any ideas about pain control. In the meantime, any suggestions out there for what else I can do? She had to be taken by stretcher yesterday to even get to the ED.