Fed up of NHS, now at end of whits!

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I have been suffering for a little ver a year now. Prescribed morphine 3 months ago. Since then the dosage has had to be doubled about 2 weeks ago. I have had the last 6 weeks off work as i couldnt afford not to be anymore!

Yesterday was an eruption day. I was in agony all day even though i had taken 1 60mg Modified release morphine tablet and 3 10mg morphine tablets, 1 every 4 hours. By 5:30pm i rang the NHS 111 where they told me to go straight to our local community hospital. I crept into it slightly hunched over with tears pouring down my face in pain to find it was purely an out of hours GP!

he gave me a 30mg shot of morphine which helped along with taking my next 60mg modified release and a gabapentin 100mg pill. he then sent me home and sent a report to my GP advising him to actually do something and sort this out!! As a man of 28 should not be bent in half pouring with tears in pain. I found it hard to walk back to the car where my father brought me home. I was still sore and slightly painful even after that lot but it helped me live with it for another day!

I rang the GP this morning to find out he hadnt done a pain clinic refferal which he told me he would do nearly 4 weeks ago as he was waiting for my blood test results! Im sorry, im no doctor but a blood test isnt going to tell him to flick a switch and turn this pain off overnight!

I now have an emergency appointment this afternoon with him where if he doesnt do the refferal i will switch doctors. I am now taking 60mg modified release every 12 hours, 2 10mg morphine every 4 hours with a 3rd if needed and gabapentin!

I find myself thinking i am in an NHS abbortoir and it feels like they are trying to kill me by ignoring my repeated requests for help and hitting me with morphine more and more!

This is all after they tell me there is nothing wrong! I can assure them, i am trying my hardest to keep going but if they had this back, i bet they wouldnt have hesitated to go private and get sorted fast!


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    Has an MRI scan been taken of your back? If not, why not? After a year of pain, you should demand one. If they refuse, say that you'll be reporting them to the GMC (General Medical Council) for refusing to treat you. Moving GPs might not solve the problem. They're often all as bad as each other. However, they are all supposed to meet the required medical stands and be 'fit to practice'.


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      I have had an MRI scan, but apparently it showed nothing which i cannot believe! I had an MRI scan when i was 21 on my knee which showed nothing wrong. Then when they operated they found the knee cap cartillage destroyed! The doctor doesnt seem to belive me on this but i can assure you, i will see him at 4:40 today and i will be coming back with some form of refferal. I would like to see a spinal specialist.
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    I left the Doctor in tears on Monday bent over after something popped in my back, i know its not my hip, its nearer my spine. He just said my x-rays showed osteoporosis in my spine, and thinning of the bones. He said theres nothing he could do, i asked to be referred to a specilest which i doubt will happen.He also said i had been in a lot complaining about this (3 times in 2 years)

    1st time they xrayed my knee (wrong  place) 2nd time their system was down and i had to go back to book the xray and then my back popped.

    And just to show how bad my Doctors are, I phoned and asked the nurse about my x-rays results and her answer was its most likely the menopause.

    How did she get this, she told me this without even looking at my results.

    I am going to see an Osteopath on Saturday morning just to get relief

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      That is dreadful!

      What i dont get is, im on morphine, and the doseage is being increased almost monthly. This isnt the odd ibuprofen/paracetamol!

      How can the NHS just not care! Im 28, not 82!

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    Tell him you want to see a Neurosurgeon if it's your back. However, given the extreme pain and the morphine, is it your back? Have they thought about anything else - eg. Kidneys? What did the blood test say?
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      Now at docs waiting to see him. 

      How could this have been triggered from a car accident if it was kidneys? I've always thought it was spine as I'm sure something 'popped out' when I got out after the accident . 

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      Hi James

      just read all the above and am horrified. I have bad back but I have had better treatment than you have experienced. You have every right to demand to see a specialist and it could be anywhere in the country. You must insist as it is policy now that you have the right to choose. Good luck.

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    Hi all,

    I had severe back pain for years and it was horrible. My doctors were useless. First said I should just taking some ibuprofen. I asked to see a physio and he said no, try the ibuprofen for 6 weeks! Then i went to a different doctor who said the same! Then eventually referred me and the physio helped a bit but still had the pain. So I ended up reading lots of books by myself to try and figure out what to do. 

    Fortunetely I haven't had any back pain for around 10 years now and I put it down to 3 things I did:

    1) Moving more - getting up every half hour or so and stretching and walking more. I know this might be difficult for you if you are in severe acute pain but maybe as you get better.

    2) Doing more physical activity like swimming - again difficult for you at the beginning I guess.

    3) The biggest thing which helped was a method called Egoscue. See if you have a local practitioner nearby.

    Just don't give up as there will be a way!


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