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Nearly 2 years ago I fell down some stairs. I landed flat on my back and slide down the remainder of the stairs. I knew within a couple hours that I had done something serious to my back.
I went and saw my GP that night, I told him what I had done and was expecting heavy bruising and to be in pain but this was something else. I was told to take over the counter painkillers and to come back if it was still hurting in 2 weeks. I went backwards and forwards like this for nearly 3 month until the GP sent me for a MRI scan. (I think just to shut me up) It turned out that I had slipped 3 discs!!! L3-L4-L5.
I have had over 6 months for physio, with each physio treating me as if I hadn't been doing the exercises and things will get better in 4-6 weeks. I jumped through all their hoops and got nowhere. The only thing that took the edge off the pain was acupuncture.
In the meanwhile under a 'specialist' I had an injection into my spine which put me in more pain than I was already in. Not only did it increase my pain but it also made walking up and down the slightest of slopes extremely painful.
I have been on co-codamol 30/500 for well over a year, with Ibrofen 600mg then Naproxen 500mg. It got to the point I was needing them every 2-3 hours( if i had my way ) just to function with normal day to day stuff. I have just been put on Tramadol 50mg x 2 every 6 hours.
In the meantime I have been for a bone scan and another MRI scan to see if things have got any better. The good news is that I don't have any signs of arthritis and my facet joints aren't causing the pain. My discs on the other haven't improved at all. MRI were done just over a year apart.
To my amazement the 'specialist' has discharged me to the pain clinic!!! and told no would operate to fix the problem and told to manage the pain!!! I'm 32 years old and been in an amazing amount of pain since the accident and to be told to live with it is unbelievable!!!
What can I do next?
Is that me like this for the rest of my days?
Am I now classed as disabled?
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