Lower back pain 3 years

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My husband has suffered from severe back pain for the last three years. He has a manual job and affects his life enormously. Doctors don't seem bothered just say many people suffer from it mid thirties and to deal with it. We've changed our mattress tried mattress toppers paid for private chiropractors bought massage chairs, t shirts that supposedly support spine better, heat packs ice packs yoga stretches support belts etc.,,,,, he is going for a MRI scan soon but doubt this will show anything, should the NHS be doing more to help? Or can anyone suggest anything else to try? Xx

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    Hi Maria,

    Has the nhs offered him a course of Physiotherapy as he should be entitled to that. He should also request to be referred to his nearest pain clinic. Hopefully the MRI will give some indication of where the pain is coming from. If it is nerve related I am a fan of gabapentin but not everyone is a fan. Hope this helps. 

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    As Gabriel said, getting with a pain management clinic can help tremendously. They can do epidural injections, there is something called dry needling (I've never had this), trigger point injections, and of course meds. Physical therapy is very important too. They will teach him to do exercises to strengthen his core and may even be able to give him pointers on how to do his job so that he doesn't make things worst. But as a chronic back pain sufferer for 11 years it is a difficult life to live and getting support from you will be the best thing you can do for him.

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    Hi, MRIs don't always show pain however be careful itmay show bulging discs and people automatically assume that's the cause of pain and end up having surgery thinking this will get rid of the pain and can then get back to normal, studies have shown that this is not the case and these patients end up suffering long term,  I would definitely ask to be referred to pain management as injections can be helpful while he has physio and regains core strength, I wish you both the best and AS amkoffee said having your support will mean the world to him, good luck and let us know how the MRI goes 😊

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    Thanks everyone being pregnant at the moment and suffering from back pain myself has definitely made me emphathise more hopefully MRI will show something that can be fixed but will definitely look into pain management / clinic 
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    Keep us posted when he has the scan and results.
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    Providing there appears to nothing mechanically wrong with the spine, then advice from a physiotherapist would be my suggestion. The physiotherapist could also advise regarding exercises that could be performed at home (on a daily basis). The objective would be to strengthen all the back muscles, and hopefully eliminate the pain. Try to ensure correct posture (straight back), bend the knees rather than the back. I would not use back supports (around the waist), unless advised a a doctor, because these supports tend to weaken the back muscles.
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    My back has been an issue for many years. I have seen Chiropractors and was due Physiotherapy this week but couldn't go. I did think that maybe Physiotherapy may make it worse? Not too sure.

    My job involves lifting and standing and I have to be very careful and take ibuprofen regularly.

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