Hi I’ve had an acutely painful back condition for several years now. I went to My Doctor initially who said it was probably ligaments and that I could get a physio
appointment but it would take about 3-6 months to come through. At that point I sought help elsewhere privately and stupidly didn’t go back to my doctor. The condition has worsened significantly over the last 2 years and over the last 6 months the pain has become constant and I am in the habit of ‘managing’ the pain with cold gel and pain killers at close reach wherever and everywhere I go. Problem is that my over use of anti inflammatory drugs has now given me stomach ulcer problems too. This makes things hard because I’m not supposed to be taking anti inflammatory drugs now.
In desperation I went to 2 chiropractors and have been shelling out money like this for 2 years. My recent chiropractor initially treated me for muscular I think and now says I need to get a referral from my GP as I only get pain relief from him for a day or so. He said the pain I am pointing him to is right on the facet joint. It’s always the same; I might get good relief for 10 minutes or a day, but it never goes away completely and always remains threatening and ultimately returns after bending to sweep up or something after tidying my flat or when I’ve gone for a walk.. I can’t bear this pain much more. I can no longer go to the gym and can’t sleep and walking for long periods also locks everything up to the point of having to stop and constantly bend forward. I’ve also been such a fitness fanatic the change in lifestyle is not coming easily to me.
The pain is right of centre of the lower back (L5) ( maybe an inch to the right of the centre) and it feels like a screw has been over tightened and locked up. It’s always in the same spot and doesn’t radiate anywhere else but the spot just becomes more and more acute. Ultimately other muscles around do spasm too. For years now I’ve got in the habit of having to appear to be tying my laces in the
street when I’m actually trying to get relief as bending forward does help. The bending forward does not provide long term relief, it just eases for as long as I am bent forward.
My sleeping is so disturbed now. I’ve had a terrible
few nights. I wake up at about 5am in pain and I try all manner of positions but nothing rids me of the acute pain. Lying on my front immediately makes things worse. My chiro said try pillows etc, but when I think when it’s this acute nothing helps. Twisting makes things very bad too, I find shopping in crowded places difficult since I’m constantly having to twist in and out of peoples’ way. It feels miserable night after night. In the end I have to get up. I think this is long term facet join pain. I’m annoyed I haven’t pushed my Doctor more. I’m going to back to him this week. I'm sorry to sound like a wuss, but think I will cry if he suggests muscular again though... I think it’s facet joint and I’m so annoyed with myself for allowing things to deteriorate so far. My question is how do I go about getting the fastest possible relief and how should I ‘manage’ my doctor to avoid lengthy waits and not being taken very seriously? I read somewhere that xrays etc may not show it up – should I insist on a facet joint injection..the thought of an anaesthetic injection that numbs the joint- wow that would be heaven.