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I've had a bad back for over 25 yrs which like lots of others I've learnt to cope with. I've had physio sessions tried acupuncture but nothing has ever taken the pain and stiffness away. Approx 7 or 8 yrs ago I had a terrible period of sciatica which lasted about 9 mths and during that time had a scan which the consultant explained to me as a wearing down slightly of one of the discs but he felt an operation wasn't advisable at that stage. He said he would see me in the future if things got worse. So I went away and got on with life and the sciatica eventually went and I was left with a little nerve damage to the back of my calf and some toes. Not long after this I was diagnosed with RA. 7 yrs on and I would say apart from the tiredness my back is still the thing I struggle with the most. I have been back to my GP about it to see if I could get a referral to see the specialist to try and find out if the discs have got worse or if its down to the RA affecting my back. After getting me to do several movements she said there was no point in referring me as I had good movement in my back and the pain was clearly coming from the hip areas which she said RA is known to affect. So that's that then. So I guess I'm just asking if anyone who previously had a bad back before being diagnosed with RA has found it getting worse and been told similar?
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