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I've had back pain/sciatica since the end of July. As soon as the pain started I went to see a physio. After lots of sessions, I was advised to go to my GP as the pain was getting worse. The GP I saw was useless, if I'm honest - he didn't examine me at all and just said that he'd refer me to a musculoskeletal department. After a couple of weeks of not hearing anything about an appointment and with the pain being absolutely excruciating, I went to my local minor injuries unit as it had got to the point where I could barely sit or stand or sleep. I was told at the MIU that as much as they wanted to, they weren't able to xray my back there. Instead they got me a same-day emergency appointment with a different GP. He was much more helpful - he gave me co-codamol 30/500 to help with the pain; referred me for a MRI and also to the musculoskeletal department (it turned out that the original GP hadn't referred me at all).
Two weeks later, my mum took me to A&E as even with the very strong co-codamol, I was on the floor screaming in pain. The nurse I saw there examined me and at the end of it, said that basically she thought I wasn't as in as much pain as I'd said I was, and there was nothing wrong with me and sent me home. This was really upsetting for me, and stupidly, I started to doubt my own pain.
Three weeks later, I went to see the musculoskeletal doctor, who sent me for an xray straight away. I had the MRI scan the day after too.
I got the results back three days ago - the xray showed scoliosis of my spine convex to the left. And the MRI showed a 'moderate large central disc bulge at L4/5 level which is causing severe compression of the nerve root at L5'.
I have now been referred to a Spinal team. I'm so relieved to finally have a diagnosis as the pain has been completely debilitating - I can't sit down at all, standing is only possible when I'm completely dosed up on co-codamol and Naproxen and walking is incredibly difficult. I'm only 19 and it's been horrible to not be able to do anything I used to.
Anyway, now that I've been referred to the Spinal team, I was just wondering what, from other people's experiences, they are likely to say?
I'm guessing that they're either going to offer a steroid injection or surgery, as I've had the problem for while and nothing else has helped it. But, I just wanted other peoples advice on what to expect.
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