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I am a 52 yr old nurse with severe lumbar disc degeneration in whole of lumbar spine, also arthritis in both hips. Apparently this is mostly age related but no doubt result of 34ys nursing service.
I have tried physio, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, tens, osteopathy and facet joint injections with no relief.
My pain consultant is fab and talked me into a new career move which is still full time and hard but essential to keeping solvent but when i get home and sit down even for just 5-10 mins I cannot get up again without the most excruciating pain in my back, over the right upper outer quadrant of my hip/buttock.
It is also the same in bed after any period of laying down, any miniscule movement triggers the pain and i get the sciatica in the right leg down to three little toes.
My meds are paracetamol, brufen and occasional voltarol gel (weaned off tramadol because of problems). I have just started amitryptilline but worry bout side fx.
Due to have a caudal epdural on sept 4th but fearful this acute pain issue is some massive deterioration that may be permanent.
Please tell me if you guys know if this will get any better?
Very frightened here :-\
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