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Hi, 10 months ago I was diagnosed with a bulging disc at L3/L4 . I had 4 months of intense pain in my right leg. I had gone private in November for a cortisone injection. That did not work at all. Then in the New Year the pain started to lessen from a 9/10 to a 5 and then down to a 3 by about Easter. I finally received my appointment at the |Spine Clinic, in January, after 4 month's wait. Because the pain in my leg had decreased, the practitioner said that I did not need to see him again and gave me an open invitation to return within 6 months or I would have to start the whole process again, He did, however, refer me to a physio who dismissed me after a couple of sessions because I was able to do what he was asking except for touching my toes !!!! which I must admit I thought was a silly thing to attempt with a bulging disc. However, the pain since Easter has improved no further and in fact seems worse because the pain is now very much in my shin ( still) my thigh, my backside and my back. I know my limitations, cannot lift, sit, put on socks, try to climb onto a chair, run , dig or bend down. I am active, walk a lot, gently do my gardening and work on the allotment ( no digging) and do supply teaching but never sit down ! Now I also seem to be a lot of discomfort in my lower back ( stiffness) and tailbone ( like I have bumped it.) I am assuming this is to do with my core muscles. I have just made an appointment to see the Spine Clinic practitioner again on 17th July, exactly 6 months after I last saw him. Really don't know what to say to him, just need the reassurance of keeping my options open (whatever they are) for the next 6 months. I just feel that I know longer have the quality of life that I had a year ago, and I can never sit down with my grandchildren to do activities with them or to cuddle up and read a story. I have a new grandchild expected in October and I just worry that I will not be able to lift that grandchild for very long as I will have to stand up to do so. Not so often now, but I still get very low days about all of this after nearly a year. How should I approach my appointment? Should I ask to be referred back to physio? I really do not want the same physiotherapist again. Just need some guidance on all this please. I am a 62 year old female.
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