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Hi . I have been in pain for four years. I got lower back pain and was seen by Gp and spine specialist. Taken MRI one year ago that shows Degenerative disc disease (L4, L5 and S1). I am 39 years old female. I was told to take pain killers. I keep taking Naproxen and Co-Codamol for last three years. Last year I went to Physiotherapist and Rheumatology department. They just advised me do some exercises and pilates. I used to be working hard and always exercises. They said you need to continue exercises and said your core is too weak. I tried to do exercises but every time ended up with more pain. Even I can't sit. sitting is impossible. I also use plastic bag for pee and loo often.
Now last two weeks are horrible as I got severe pain left side of my pelvic area. I couldn't even stand. when I called NHS 111 and asked them to send someone to see me at home, they said they couldn't provide home visit as I am young. Also, they asked me to go A&E by bus if I can't sit but can stand on bus. It was a torture. They even don't realise how I feel because can't stand. Bus stop is away from our house. how could I get there as we live on heel area.
Although, I went A&E sitting on a back seat in a taxi with more pain. After long waiting, I was seen by gp at primary health clinic. That gp asked me why I was sent to him because he would just give me advice. He said I need to contact my gp and he will refer to specialist. Also, he told me that pain killers could be harmful, I shouldn't take them for my whole life. He said I need to ask specialist to have another MRI and if any surgery required.
I called my Gp next day but never got through as phone kept ringing. After three days they answered my call and asked me to come surgery as they can't come to my home. I went there and gave me more strong pain killers. I am tired of my painful life. No way to get rid of this pain.
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