Hello - I've never posted in a forum before - but I feel so alone and frustrated with this and feel less alone reading the posts here. So would like to make some contact with others who understand!
I have been suffering with lower back pain for about 4 months now - getting progessively worse. It started as an ache for the first month, in October is was more painful. November and December it's become acute and disabling. I have been to my doctor who has now agreed to an MRI scan (Although I have to wait 4 weeks) and I have seen the Physio twice. She thinks it is a herniated disc. On Tuesday she put me on traction which made no difference. Yesterday I could hardly walk, I am lying flat on my back most of the time. I am taking codine which doesn't really help.
Today I feel loads better but this has happend before and as soon as I resume normal life within a day or two I'm back on my back! Sitting seems to make it much worse. I can't bend forward at all, so find it difficult to pick anything up. I'm now off work for two weeks - whcih I hate as I love my job, but I work in an office so driving and sitting at a desk all day probably isn't helping matters.
My left side is worse and sometimes I have pain in my left leg and numbness. Most of the pain however is in my back.
Any advice about how to manage the pain and how to aviod these flare ups would be appreciated. The physio has suggested that if it doesn't get better on it's own I may have to have surgery - but I guess they wont know until they do the MRI.
I'm glad I found this forum - most people don't understand real back pain - I feel like I'm making a fuss but it really is ruining my life!!