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I am a 34 year old male with back problems that started just before I turned 30. At this time I had an MRI that showed signs of a bulge and "greying" in the disk. I was refferred to physio, and as a result told to loose some weight (which I did - 4 stone). Things were ok but never really 100%.
I had been back to my DR a few times and tried things like narproxin and codine, non of which helped really. Things of late have become unbarable, everytime I sneeze I will fall in pain if I'm not holding on to something, lying in bed is horrific and if I try to move I can literally yelp in pain. The pain comes from my lower back and shoots into my groin and into my legs. The passed couple of weeks numbness and shooting pains in my leg, general weakness in my glutes, bending down and not being able to get back down - so went to the Doctors and was reffered to the muscular skelital dept (massive waiting list) and I prescribed AMITRIPTYLINE and startwd them immediatley. At work, a few days later I was chasing someone (i'm a Police officer), and the pain came on in my lower back, and when I got back to my car I felt damp down below - lots of warning signs. The next day my
whole body felt wrecked, so I went back to the Doctor (a few days after). He doubled my dose to 20mg of AMITRIPTYLINE and sent me off for and MRI.
At the hospital A&E they gave me diazepam (wow!!)..
So my MRI results were as follows:
"The l4-l5 and l5-s1 intervertebral disc show minor noncompressive annular bulges indenting the thecal sac anteriorly. No evidence of nerve root compression or foraminal stenosis"
Stable degenerative minor noncompressive annular bulges of l4-l5 and l5-s1 discs. No evidence of nerve root compression or foraminal stenosis."
I might be reading this wrong and taking the a&e doctor wrongly, but I feel like theyre saying there's nothing wrong - man up!!
It just doesnt explain my levels of pain and discomfort?
I left being told to speak with my GP and ask to be reffered to a neuro/spinal surgeon, which I will be doing tomorrow.
I am just really confused and frustraighted?? Meanwhile I'm off work seemingly with no good excuse?
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