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Hi! I’m new here.
Searching for answers and hopefully some reassurance.
One day, I woke up, and I had pain in my lower back. It came on gradually, and continued to gradually get worse over 6 months. The sciatica pain started about 3 weeks after my lower back pain. Everything makes it worse. Driving is impossible, walking makes me want to cry. Bed rest doesn’t help. Sitting is out of the question. I can feel it all the way down to my foot. It’s also over time made lifting my left leg difficult too. I don’t know if this is connected. I have almost no reflexes in my right knee and ankle. My GP has referred me to a neurologist and for an MRI because of this and my right sided weakness below my waist. Every day is a battle and the pain is really starting to make me so miserable. It’s starting to affect my life.
I was referred two weeks ago, the wait is 8 weeks. So I appreciate I’ve got a while yet.
I’ve been prescribed Amytriptyline 30mg every night and I take ibuprofen and codeine most days, always when I work because otherwise I cannot make it through the day.
About 4 days ago I felt a lump on my lower right side of my back. It’s hard, it’s not tender to touch but if I push it really hard it does hurt. I thought perhaps it was just swelling or I was just imaging it. Then yesterday, my partner put some bio freeze gel on my back and he said he could feel a hard lump. Is this related? Is it worth seeing my GP again , now that there is a lump? She didn’t examine my back, just tested my leg and reflexes etc. Or do you think it’s nothing to worry about?
Any advice I would be very grateful for! Thank you.
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