Hi all, just signed up here and hoping for a little advice.
I'm a 31 year old guy and I have been having problems with my back for around 4 years now. I used to be very active and did a lot of high impact sports. Guess the years of doing them caught up with me.
It started as a dull ache which got worse over a period of months untill I lost a lot of flexibility in my lower back and any exercise would make sciatica flair up.
My doctor refered me to an NHS Physiotherapist, who to cut a long story short, didn't do anything. I then went to see a private physio, who thought it may have been an SI joint problem. The physio sessions did not help.
I then went to an NHS consultant and eventually an MRI scan showed 2 mild and one rather bad slipped discs. I was told rest would help. So rest I did, and it got a bit better.
Now I have relapsed to a point where it is much worse than it has ever been. I got out of bed one night and ended up flat on the floor for the next two days. The Doctor put me on zapain, naproxen and diazapam which totally knocked me out. I got sent home from work because I could hardly walk and was not of much use. In the end I was signed off for two weeks.
During that time it got better by maybe 20%, and I have been back at work for two days.
So thats the history, now the question.....
Am I just being a bit of a wimp? Currently I'm taking 2 zapain two or three times a day, when I litterally cant take the pain. It is constant sciatica, which varies between mild tingling and throbbing pain down to my ankle. My bum feels like a knot of muscle and hurts all the time. I have a couple of almoast totally numb spots at the top of my leg, and I can't walk or stand still for any legnth of time, even with the pain killers. Its just constant, unending pain. Not agony, but just pain. The only saving grace is that my back itself does not hurt at the moment.
its been about two weeks since I saw the doctor. Should I be back at work? Should I see the GP again? Any other advice?
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and thanks in advance for your help.