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Hi I have suffered from back pain all my life since I slipped and fell in the rain as a teenager and landed directly on my coccyx. Most of my life it has been manageable but with the odd nasty flare up every 18 months or so.
Whenever I have seen a doctor they always tell me to see an osteopath and treat me like it is a slight twinge I woke up with that morning. They have shown absolutely no interest. Now I am a lot older I am just told it's old age. I have never even had an x-ray done as they said 'It won't show anything'. Well I have a private one done 20 years ago which showed 1 disc had worn away and another was going.
I was referred to physio on the NHS and am doing the exercises but it doesn't seem to help much and have been in chronic constant pain for the last 2 years. It's just getting worse and worse. It's so bad now I am contemplating getting a stick or even a walker. They told me it's manual. My doctor will only prescribe 15 mgs of co-codamol and even doubling up doesn't touch the pain. Nor does paracetomol or any over the counter meds.
I am not in pain usually when sitting but as soon as I stand up it starts. I end up walking a few yards before having to stop and the more I walk the worse the pain gets. I still do walk as I know this is good but am getting increasingly isolated at home coz I can't keep up with my friends.
I have other health problems too such as mild lung disease, depression, and a borderline under active thyroid and the accumulation of them is making me a prisoner in my own home. I can do little housework and my home is a complete mess. I have no family to help me and friends aren't interested.
I have very little money as can't work and I don't get my state pension yet. Can anyone advise me how to get the doctor to take me seriously please, and what more I can do to help myself. I am well overweight and am trying to lose some but with my thyroid problems and lack of exercise am finding it virtually impossible.
Any advice would be appreciated please. Thank you. x
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