The case here is a case of failed back syndrome. Failed back syndrome is also referred to as post laminectomy syndrome. It is a term used to describe the discomfort and pain that a patient experiences after undergoing surgery. It would be recalled that Brenda underwent back surgery for a back condition a few years back. She has not relapsed into excruciating pain that has necessitated her attending a pain clinic, obviously to alleviate her pain.
I believe that the multidisciplinary team gave Brenda full details of her condition, and the fact that this condition is very difficult to cure. Even if a temporary solution is found, the pain might still recur in future. The team must have told Brenda that she still has some options which include physiotherapy, neurostimulation – which involve implanting a battery pack and stimulating electrodes among other things. The most important thing, I believe, is that Brenda has been told the difficulty of treating her condition.
I also think the tram involved her husband in the care so that he can also understand the condition and give her all the psychological and moral support.
I would also advise her to have a positive outlook about her condition and not to let the thought of the pain weigh her down. She should use the back less by resting it and planning her life around resting the back more often.
Treatment of failed back pain is very difficult and the couple needs to understand that there are no assurances that it would not recur in the future.
P. Ullrich (2011). failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS): What is and How to Avoid pain after WSurgery. Spine Health. Retrieved from http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/failed-back-surgery-syndrome-fbss-what-it-and-how-avoid-pain-after-surgery on 19th January, 2011.