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Back pain...my nightmare so far.
My back pain started in aug 2004 when after a slow non eventful night shift at work i went home to bed and after having a couple of hours sleep i awoke to find that i could not turn over in bed(nor get out of it)I was 28 at the time and had never had a problem with my back nor could think of a reason why i was in so much pain.i called my partner from work and he had to come home,get me changed and carry my to the car to take me to the on call doctor.i got prescribed some diazepam and got told to see my GP the next day.this was the start of my living nightmare.i had in total 4 months off work with the most excrutiating pain you can imagine and just constantly being prescribed painkillers like they was going out of fashion.my GP was not very helpful neither was the the first physio that i saw. slowly i returned to work still in constant pain everyday yet managing with painkillers(to a degree)i changed my GP due to feeling like i was getting nowhere FAST!!my new GP has referred me to a specialist and further physio,i so far have had most painkillers going on the market yet i am unable to take a lot of them and function during the day to work or without feeling sick and dizzy.i have had an xray,MRI scan(which showed S1/S2 AND L5 had prolapsed)prolatherapy,epidurals,acupuncture,traction etc all treatment so far has failed to take away any of the pain and my back has spasmed 4 times in the 2 years so far.my specialist now states that i am not bad enough for an operation.i would like him to live with the constant pain and sciatica and then tell me that! i now feel like i am going to have to put up with the little quality of life i now have left.my only slight relief is a TENS machine.I hope people have more success than me as it makes you depressed/suicidal at times to a degree people do not realise unless they have experienced it themselves and realise just how debilitating it really is.good luck to everyone though!!!
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