waiting is so long when in pain

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Sept 2006, really bad pain in lower back, went docs was givem ibeprofen, never touched the pain, ended up in casulalty had xray, nothing showed up, back to gp, in nov 2006, refers me for MRI scan, waited until April 07 for this, continuous pain since sept, doc gave me anti infam tabs, they make me so tierd, but do ease pain a bit.

Got MRI scan results prolapsed discs, gp refered me to a orthopaedic spinal consultant, just got appointment through for 18th july, i cant understand why we have to wait so long when we are in so much pain, everything is suffering, scared to do anything, cant get in bath when on house on my own, been trapped in it b4 wen back just goes, i couldn move for over 30 mins.

Anybody got any help on dealing with this, and will i honestly ever be free of the pain.

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    Hi there I understand what your going through, my doc said I had burstsis of the hip bone in dec 06 and I have been in continuous pain since, My Doc is useless two co-codamol and go to bed is his answer to everything!!!! A Locum doc sent me for an xray and it appears I have a flat back and my vertbraes are narrowed causing my discs to slip misaligning my back, when my back goes into spasm I cant move!! I had to get a doc on call one occasion as I couldnt move for two hours!!!! At the moment I take Tramadol and Dicloflax which at first they were amazing but I have constant niggling pain more annoying my hips are ice cold and my leg go numb, then other days I get burning pins and needles. I have had an MRI scan over three weeks ago and I am still wating for the results!!!!!! My bladder is irritated also i find I dont know if this is a coincidence but it is very upsetting all the ailments together, I have three kids and I have been on the sick for over ten weeks now, as dificulty walking far is a big problem Im 34 and feel 84!!!!
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    Hey you want to be careful taking Tramadol. I was prescirbed codine at first for my prolapse disc but it gave me a rash after a while so as given tramadol instead. It was wonderful and took the pain right away, but also had terrible side effects. It completely knocked me out, made me vomit and i got heavily addicted to them. When i eventually got help from my family and came off them i got sever depression and withdrawl symptoms which left me needing therapy for months after. Just be careful!
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    Thanks very much for your reply smile I have been on tramadol for three weeks as prevoiusly it was diazapan with dicloflax, that didnt do anything! I was then told to take cocodamol with dicloflax and again no result until now, however I am gonna go back to docs on wednesday as I am still waiting for M R I results as I am waiting for consultant to grade my results? :?: :roll:
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    Keep informed of how it goes, very interested to know.
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    [i:5a32b33213] :x sad hi shaz been reading of your experience i like you have had to wait i was diagnosed in feb after waitng a year to get all the tests done.i have a prolapsed disc at c5 in my neck i,ve endured many a day in tears because of the pain at one point i even told the doctor to give me a general anesthetic as it was so bad. i,ve been off work since feb as after the mri scan i had a very bad relapse after explaining to my superviser and them having to speak to the works doctor i was told i wouldnt be fit to work until after my surgery- at this point i hadnt even had my appointment to see the nuerosurgeon! well after phoning the hospital i was told i was on the urgent list and my appointment is for july 9 five months after being diagnosed and 21 months after injuring myself. i live in hope of getting back to \"normal\" i,ve had to cancel my summer hols as the insurance company wont insure me, i cant go back to work , i just wish i was in the position to pay privately but not being in work , i,ve no chance!! let us know how you get on gail[/i:5a32b33213]
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    I have degenerative discs of the spine and I am having problems with my hips? finding it hard to walk, i have found out that I had congenital dislocation of the hip when i was born and i am wondering whether it is related to why i am in pain now!!!!! Just been for an x-ray on my hips ????? Doc seems to think I have Ostioarthritis ???? as there is a great deal of inflammation in my blood (anemia test) average is around 15 mine was 21?????? medicine has been changed to 100mg aceclofenic and lanzoprezol 30mg, the medicine seemed to make my body light???? as it felt like a lead weight in comparison??? When taking the x-ray of my hip however I was surprised as i was unable to put my feet together as the pain was so horrific??? results come back in a week?????
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    My x-rays shows narrowing in my hip spaces and it is a possible sign of early stages of osteoarthritis I explained to the doc that the Acelofenic has helped my hip pain considerably but my spine was severe yesterday so I phoned the doctor for advice, anyway the Tramadol is still ok to take, Today I feel about 10 years younger as the pain relief from acelofenic is great, as previously I felt like a lead weight thats the only way I can describe it. Waiting now for pain clinic not sure what they can do now though as I am not sure if I need there help now, however I am concerned about being on so much medicine.:oops:
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    Hi, after reading that you were prescribed Tramadol, last week my GP prescrobed the same but after going to physio a coulple of days later she rang my GP and have now been prescribed Gumbatin, has anyone else been on this medeication as of yet no difference but |I suppose it is early days, as like many other people I am still awaiting a scan, I have been like this 6 weeks and the pain does not seem to be any easier. It was great to find this site as you feel that you are the only person with this problem. sad
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    hi im back again, i have seen my consultant and my MRI results are L4-L5 and L5- S1 disc dehydration and bulges there is a left paracentral disc hernia abutting the anterior theca and touching the nerve, plus lots of other numbers and words i have never heard off, the surgeon has given me physio, which now after 2 weeks i have not evan recieved a appointment! I have also got very bad pain in my back on the same side just under my shoulder, hurting when i am breathing in and out walking, and generally doing anything, i am wondering if this is connected at all, and any advice would be greatly recieved, Thanking you. :cry:
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    Also forgot to add artheritis of the discs as well :oops:
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    Ihave read about your experiences and the r all so familar.I am lucky to have a good gp.I went to gp about 8 weeks ago when pain became so bad .She got onto hospital for physio which i had within the week.I had tramadol.Co-drydamol and diazapan but nothing eased the pain.After 3 weeksof physio pain was so bad they wouldn`t touch me anymore and was referred to specialist.It took 5 weeks and i seen him today and Mri scan being arranged with possible surgary to follow.I`m now using Pregabalin and dicofenac which work better.I feel lucky that things r moving so quickly
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    HI there Shaz - all

    I went to the pain clinic in Lancaster hospital and the Dr said he has a broken coxic and he doesn't need medication, so he made me basically feel like poo, and he said If he was to take 500 people off the street who had ddd then he would find they have no problem with pain!!!!! and yet he said in his next breath I could have arthritis in my hip? but he put across as though I wasn't in pain and I was imagining things and yet he prescribed me gabapentin?????

    My doctor was appalled by his manner, and said you should have told him to have a baby lol, he thinks there is a possibility my hip have early arthritisor all the pain I have is related to the ddd so as it is I have to try these new tablets for nerve pain, and so if these don't work then I will see a rhuemotologist??? the human body seems to be one mystery as my Occupational health doctor said I could have arthritis in the hip and fibromalgia.....but I wont know until I see the specialist a rhuemotologist to diagnose what I have all together???

    So basically Shaz just keep going back to the doctor until they get you your answer as I have to wait to see if these tablets work before I have the complete solution????

    take care all

    and keep fighting for the answers!!!!!

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