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Hi. I'm 29 years old and have suffered back pain for over 19 years. Nothing caused the back pain it was a gradual on set from my old job as a dental nurse. After years of chiropractic treatment I eventually seen a GP and had a MRI. I was advised I had prolapsed L5/S1 and required a nerve root block. I used my private health care through work prior to getting this treatment and was advised nerve root block would never have worked and luckily I had a discectomy 3 days later. Pain was manageable for 6months but both back and leg pain came back with vengeance. I had a nerve root block to try help the pain this did not work so I had a re-do discectomy. This did not work so I was given another 2 nerve root blocks which again gave me no relief. I was then referred from neurosurgeon to pain management. I had a failed caudal epidural and a failed dorsal root ganglion pulsed radiofrequency leison. I have now been advised I require a SCS but cannot be given this privately. I have began my referral to NHS pain management however I am based in Northumberland. I would have contractually been referred to the Wansbeck hospital in Ashington however they do not provide SCS. A hospital only 12 miles away from me in Newcastle, the RVI does provide the SCS. I have a referral for the RVI but the GP who referred me has advised as I am based in Norhumberland even if I was suggest to have SCS on NHS the treatment would be carried out in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland may not fund this. I am extremely confused as I may not be able to get treatment privately or on NHS and this leaves me with a stick, on meds and in bed 90% of my day. I am desperate to return to work and have some normality. Can anyone help please?
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