sciatic nerve damage!

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Im 33 years old and for over 2 years and half years now, I have been experiencing horrible back pain, I had an injury at work whilst lifting a slab, when I first did it, my

back went into a huge spasm and couldn't move, worse pain I had ever felt, I went to my gp and was given painkillers and muscle relaxants, I kept on going back to gp as pain wasn't going away, 6 months! ! after the accident I finally got to see a spinal specialist, I had an mri scan and was given first

lot of physiotherapy, the scan show disc bulge on L2 and L3, anyway I

finished my physiotherapy and was discharged by specialist, I was told

my back will gradually improve, did it? No it got worse, I started experiencing, numbness in my left outa thigh, and shouting pains into my foot, so

again I was given another lot of physio and told the same thing, things will get better but u may have permanent nerve damage, then on 30th September 2014, I was putting my socks on and back went into a painful spasm , I

was unable to move, got toilet etc, this lasted all day, a few days later I

managed toget an appointment with my gp, he was sympathetic, he just

gave me more NAPROXEN and AMITRIPTYLINE. Ive had so many medicals now and taken so many painkillers and nerve killers, and 3 lots of physio and still my back feels very weak, the nerve pain keeps me awake at night, ive out of work since April 2012. I don't know what to do anymore, luckily I started an accountancy course at start of September, but even sitting or

standing for periods of time causes even more pain.

Has anybody else witnessed anything similar

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    Spatchyboy it looks like you've gone through everything just to arrive at the same place!

    In my opinion, you need to get your GP to refer you to the neurosurgeons or orthopods at your local hospital for a consult. 

    If you are still suffering pain etc etc after all the treatment and investigations you have received, then I think it's your only option now

    Insist on a referral. You need to get some answers.

    Good luck

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      Thank you for your replys, I will try and persuade my gp I need to see a

      neurosurgeon and not another physiotherapist, my gp seems to think that because i am able to walk and pick up relatively small weights such as text book! He seems to think I am back to fitness now, its frustrating, when I explain to him, I feel weakness in my lower back and how the numbness and pins and needles in my leg

      affect me daily, and when I change gear I have shooting pain into my foot, he just

      looks at me, and makes feel like im lying. I think next time my back goes into a

      major spasm, im definitely getting an ambulance out, its like im temporary

      paralysed so hopefully the hospital will help me

      sorry for going on regards

      lee

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    Hi Spatchboy

    What a time you have had.

    Yes I agree ...ask for a referral to the hospital to see someone {GP might be better informed than me} orthopod, neurosugeon or whoever he thinks but you need a referral to someone.

    When I first starte with arthritis i was lucky i had a doctor who did anything to get rid of patients.....eg write a prescription to get them out so when I asked for a referral {he kept saying nothing wrong with my back/leg} he was only to pleased to send me....So lucky in that respect but I soon changed GP'sbiggrin

    Love

    Eileen

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      Thank you for your replys, I will try and persuade my gp I need to see a

      neurosurgeon and not another physiotherapist, my gp seems to think that because i am able to walk and pick up relatively small weights such as text book! He seems to think I am back to fitness now, its frustrating, when I explain to him, I feel weakness in my lower back and how the numbness and pins and needles in my leg

      affect me daily, and when I change gear I have shooting pain into my foot, he just

      looks at me, and makes feel like im lying. I think next time my back goes into a

      major spasm, im definitely getting an ambulance out, its like im temporary

      paralysed so hopefully the hospital will help me

      sorry for going on regards

      lee

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    If it's sciatice nerve damage, I ended up with this after hysterectomy at about age 40, it was HORRIBLE, I went to a chiro every day for a week at least and he finally did some drastic work to internally move the nerve. There are bodyworkers who do this work and I'm in the U.S. and they are here... Moving that nerve can do wonders.

    I'm now 76 and it's never totally gone away, I stretch that area out a lot and avoid too much stress, that will knock me into a sciatic nerve trauma.

    There is a lot of info on line for this issue, in the U.S. anyway...don't know if you folks have the same info that we have.

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