Help and advice needed please

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I am 48 female and have suffered with lower backache for well over a year now. i have been prescribed painkillers and been to physio . The problem is just getting worse. I am very sore and stiff in the mornings ans stiffen up if i sit too long. My back feels tender when i press it and when I lean back its very painful. My problem is my Gp wont send me for a scan xray or refer me to a specialist. I am going back again as my pain is bad and i would like advice about what to actually say to my Gp  to get her to be more thorough. There has been no blood tests either. 

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    Hi Lizzie

    Your doctor should send you to see a consultant at the hospital.

    Sounds a bit like osteo arthritis but I'm not a doctor.

    Thats the way it affects me.....sore and stiff in the nmornings, sit too long I get sore but walk or move for too long and i get sore.

    Just ask your doctor again to refer you to the hospital and sit there....dont be too quick to move.

    If he still wont do it  ask to speak to the practice manager and see what he has to say about it.

    If that doesnt work......Possibly PALS could help....I'm not sure......hopefully others will come on with more advice

    Love

    Eileen    UK

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    Hi Lizzie, so sorry to hear of your pain, you need to go back and almost demand a second opinion, or see a different doctor. I had the same problem with my hands, they kept saying it's just wear and tear, but in November last year I told my doctor I wanted to be referred to a rheumatologist and it worked (only took over six years mind). Don't want to make you feel any worse !!!!!!lol  tell your doctor you can't cope anymore.

    best of luck. 

    Julie

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    Hi just that I would update you all. I have been at Dr and have been referred to a back pain clinic . Apparently they are specialists in chronic back pain and can order scans etc. I think I am being referred for an MRI not sure if gp is doing it or if it's bee

    ing left for the specialist to decide. I am relieved that finally it's being checked out. Thank you all

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    Hi Lizzie

    the problem with seeing back specialist is that generally they are not interesed in you unless you opt for surgery (which I personally would avoid at all cost).           I have managed arthritis in my back most of my life by exercising and that means swimming,  Pilates and Yoga every week.  Keeping back muscles strong and well streched helps the spine immensly so if your pain is not muscular but related to spine may be exercising would help.  By the way,  morning stiffness is typical in arthritis and for that reason you probably should insisit on blood test as some forms or arthirtis can be treated with more than pain killers.  Also a scan would show a bulging disc if that is a problem but if that was so there is no real treatment except exercise and pain killers and a little prayer that it does not burst.  Although ruptured disc hurts hugely on the other hand it solves the problem of pain in a long run.  Scan will also show if there is nerve entrapment but again unless it was causing you terrible pain most specialists would advise against surgery.   What ever the case is you need to stand your ground with your GP and tell him/her that you cannot tolerate the pain and need to know what else appart from pain killers can be done and for that reason it needs to be investigated (scans and blood tests) and assessed by a specialist 

    Good Luck

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    I can't believe that I now have a very painful knee it is slightly swollen but it's very sore I cannot properly s straighten it and can barely walk k with it . Climbing stairs is agony ...please help what do I do? Taken co codmally and .naproxen used ice .
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    Hi Lizzie

    sore back is likely to effect the way you walk and since you appear to have to climb stairs at home that would likely make it worse.  Since the sore back has effect on the whole posture the more voulnerable parts of your body will react with pain.

    You need a proper assessment and in my personal experience a good osteopath is better than a good physio.  However,  the only way to find a good osteopath (in my personal opinion) is through recommendations of other either patients or professionals.  Osteopathy is a very complex domain and anyone working on your back needs to be super skilled.  The knee on the other hand may be helped by a physio (assuming the problem is not the knee itself but the muscles which hold it) but if the knee is the result of your back problems you will need to address your back at the same time.

    Seek help Lizzie

    All the best

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