Hi, I'm Keith, 48 years old and live in the North East of the UK. Complete newbie to this and after reading a few of the posts on here, feeling more than a little scared! Given that my symptoms have been pretty short lived, compared to some of the brave souls on here, I feel like a bit of a wimp. However, a builder friend one said to me - "if you've never had back pain, you haven't had pain". I now know exactly what he means.
For the last 6 weeks I've been suffering with quite extreme lower left back pain,burning sensation with frequent stabbing type pain. Can't remember any specific initial trauma to the area. Treated initially with hot baths, alternating heat/ice packs and staying mobile. I've managed to continue my day to activities, including work and the symptoms, whilst painful, have been manageable.
However, for the last 4 days, my condition has worsened considerably and the pain is now intolerable, accompanied by severe stabbing pains across the left knee cap. It is extremely difficult to place my left foot down, as any weight bearing on the left leg, triggers excrutiating pain in the lower left back and hip area. I have no pain below the knee and no typical sciatica symptoms down the buttocks and rear of left leg into foot.
5 years ago, following a prolonged bout of unremitting sciatica, MRI scan revealed degeneration and partial prolapsed disc at L5. After approx 9-10 weeks this corrected it'self and fortunately i've not had any re-occurrences or symptoms since. Prior to this episode, I'd never experienced any back problems whatsoever.
The symptoms this time feel completely different and I'm worried that by continuing to try and walk around, I may be causing more damage. GP has prescribed Naproxen and dihydrocodeine, although neither has even taken the edge off the pain. Last few nights are the worst night I've had, with no sleep and 90mg of dihydrocodeine made no difference at all. GP has not ordered any further investigation at this stage.
Any advice, opinions or hope from fellow sufferers or knowledgeable people, would be very much appreciated.