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I have 2 prolapsed discs at L4/L5 and L5/S1 along with trapped nerves in-between, I have had back problems since 2009 and because of working for my family ( i have 5 kids) i pushed myself and ended up injuring myself at home last year in feb 2016, chair broke and i slammed my back into the floor, i got up and went to work and made it worse. A few months later, the pain was unbearable ( i was on tramadol for an on going chest problem which ive had since 2011 Chronice Costocondritis, or Treyze syndrome is known as) it had flaired up and i was off work with that, then one day i couldnt walk properly, and i was in so much pain, i went back to the docs repeatadily, eventually had to write a complaint to the GMC to get a MRI in July. Thats when i had discovered problems with my back. I actually thought it was all in my head and i was going mad. Since then, I have had a short physio session (only 3 weeks), i had actupuncture but it made it worse (because the physio didnt know what he was doing) I had an injection into my back, and I have never experienced pain like that in my life, it got so much worse after that. I have always been a big guy, I was just over 17 stone and i am 6ft. Now i have put on nearly 2 stone because i cant even walk properly, stand for longer than 10 mins , cant walk more than 30 seconds without stopping in pain. So i use crutches to help me go out when i can. I am on 40 mg of zoromorph (slow realse morphine) , paracetamol x 8 tablets a day, Iprobufen x 3 400mg a day, Fluxotine 30mg a day x 1 tab. Omeprezol x 2 tabs a day. Pregabalin x 2 tabs a day at 75mg. I am currently waiting for a surgeon appointment (reffered 1st of march). I just dont know how to cope with my energy levels, the pain even with all these tablets, i even have to take Oromorph (liquid morphine) for extreme pain episodes. That with my chest spasims and constant pins and needles in my arms and legs, numb feeling in my ankles and feet, solid cold numb pain in my waste and around my hips. Pains in hands, I often drop stuff, i cant pick anything up. I am drowning in all this misery, and my wife and kids do the best for me, but i am struggling. I have no friends, my other family have there own lives, i only get support from my dad and mum who are unwell and old themselves. I am 34. I have 5 kids. 14 year old boy, 13 year old girl, 10 year old girl, 8 year old boy and 17 months boy. I just want to know what i should be doing to try and get better, because i have no treatment plan, the docs are okay with me just sitting around and doing nothing and when i complain im just given more tablets. Is this normal? IF anyone has a plan to follow to try and get sorted then please let me know, because i dont know how much longer i can cope with all this pain, sleepless nights, drowsyness, not being myself, and not being able to do anything with my children is driving me insane. If anyone can help me, that be great, i just dont know what to do. Thanks in advance. Andy.
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