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to work or not to work that is the question!

hello everyone im a new member to 'spine-health' . Would love to hear from those of you who have experienced chronic lower back pain andare having problems with work as a result. iv been working as a home support worker for the elderly infirm and disabled for 4years now however in that time my back health has goe rapidly downhill and i am currently waiting to see a consultant after an xray showed a bone abnormality in my pelvis. although this may or may not be the cause of the problem i am also visiting an osteopath to try and alleviate the horrible pain i am encountering. i can barely look after my 3year old son and housework seems like climbing a mountain. i cant get in and out a bath and driving or sitting in a car is painful. iv tryed everything. im currently taking solpadol and ibuprofen for it but it doesnt help just makes me very tired. so my problem is i have been off work sick due to this recent flare up and im supposed to go back on tuesday. i ahve to drive around peoples homes delivering personal care and im worried sick about it. i know im going to be in pain but my husband and i are worried about money i tryed to bring the conversation up if i cant manage it he says i will just need to find something else i said what if i cant do it he said i cant sit at home for the rest of my life i need to get on with it im not an invalid (im 31years old). i never thought my life would be like this i used to be super fit and active with a full life now i never go anywhere can barely walk down the street and im worried sick about work money and the future. any advice would benefit me noone seems to understand what its like.
kat xx


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,849
    while you have given us some information, there is so much that we do not know about your situation.
    Our FAQ outlines what you should be providing us so that we can make a valid response.

    To make it easier, please give us some more information, such as:

    - How long have you had this condition?
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And what are there results?
    - What have been the recommendations from your doctor? And what kind of doctor have you been seeing?
    - What medications are you currently taking.
    - What treatments have you had?

    Its even more difficult to respond regarding about your work situation. From reading some of your thread, and that your
    problems/pain increase with the driving and handling some of the folks you take care of, you should NOT be doing that type of work. Its more difficult when you add about the financial situation. Everyone understand that there are sacrifice that need to be made to keep your head above water, but if what you are doing is causing more problems, than, both financially and medically it would not make sense to continue that.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • hi Ron of course you are right i just re-read my post and actually have not told u guys much of my history. So i have 2 children age 3 and 6 and my problems started during the pregnancy of my 1st child i suffered only mild s.p.d with only intermittent and relativey mild episodes of lower back pain fixed by taking ibuprofen. Then again my 2nd pregnancy i gained about 2stone in weight and again suffered mild s.p.d. After i gave birth my whole back went completely stiff for a couple of days (i was told this was due to the fact i gave birth on my knees). This episode was then followed by frequent bouts of lower back pain which again were manageable at the time but have became increasingly painful and more debilatating. (both labours were relatively easy). When my son was 6months old i returned to work as a home support worker and had injuries that happened in quick succession. December 2010 i caught an elderly lady as she fell and pulled all my neck and back muscles as diagnosed by a G.P i was prescribed diazepam, diconal and diclofenac. About 2months after this i fell badly down a full flight of 14stairs in our new home bruIsing my coccyx (suspected fracture but this was never investigated) and badly pulled back muscles and bruising to my back and side. 2 months after this i fell on the stairs again twisting my ankle and again wrenching the muscles in my back as it hit the stairs on the way down. My back has went rapidly downhill from there. I am on long term ibuprofen and solpadol i was offered anti-depressants (apparently they can help the pain and help u sleep at night) but i didnt want to go down that route for several reasons. I was advised diclofenac but was having problems with the side effects of the medication. I was sent to a physiotherapist who by his own admission said he knew nothing about treating backs (LOL) he told me i had sacro-ileac pain which he gave me exercises for and also a weakness in my right hip which he gave me a steroid injection for but this did absolutely nothing. The exercises left me in agony every time. When he had enough of me telling him his treatment was not helping he told me there was nothing else he could do and i should go back to my G.P. So i did he requested a report from the physio as his plan was to send me to an internal pain clinic at the local hospital but my physio told him there wasnt anything seriously wrong (grrrrrrrr) and the G.P decide not to send me after all he just handed me a leaflet about managing an aching back and taking paracetamol frequently. So then after several bouts or 'flare-ups' as i call them i dont know how else to describe i can be doing nothing or anything ...housework or just standing and it feels like someone has stuck a knife in my back and it kind of does a jerk that feels like everything is coming out of place and usually a surge of pain that makes me fall to my knees. I cant always get back up. The pain is intense and the feeling of things jerking and coming out of place is unbearable. I can hardly stand from sitting on the toilet. i cant get out of a bath. i cant lift my son. i cant bend over touch my toes or anything near to it. i can only push a hoover in one direction. i cant sit on a sofa. the only relief i get is from laying flat out on a memory foam mattress.i cant run around or make any kind of dodging mvement. some days i can manage a walk a few houses up from me and others i cant walk that far. driving leaves me in agony. recently i had an xray to establish whether i had any bone problems in my back and they said i had a slight bone abnormality in my back pelvic region which i am currently waiting for an appointment with a consulatant to follow up on. I am also currently visiting an osteopath who feels iv never healed from pregnancy and iv had a lot of mis-diagnosis and mis-guidance from various doctors over the years. she also said i may have some hypermobility in my pelvic region as if i slip or something it feels like im being torn in 2. she says it may be a long time before i feel some relief as my range of movement from the waist down is so limited im terrified i make a wrong move and it all goes to pot. I hope this kind of gives u an idea of whats going on im at a really low ebb at the moment iv been signed off work sick for a month now and have just had to get another line to cover me another fortnight as im just not ready to be out driving and helping others wheni cant help myself at the moment. Im worried that im starting to just lay down and take a handful of pills now when i feel it getting too painful and i dont want my muscles to waste or whatever i want to get moving and get fitter i need to build my strenght up but every time i think iv had a good couple of days and i can do this i get a really bad day and im just so tired of fighting it all the time and worrying about work etc etc its exhausting and i havnt got a close circle fo friends that i can talk about this people tend to start avoiding u when ur sore and cant consider socialising. im sure u guys have experienced this too. to have some positivity in all of this would be amazing as i know there are people ten times worse than me iv worked with them for goodness sake but i cant for the life of me figure how to deal with this myself.
    kat xx
  • You've had a lot of impact/injuries to your back and with the pain you experience believe in addtion to the xray you should see if they will give you an mri. The xray won't show soft tissue damage.
    if it were me, I'd stay off work until you have a complete diagnosis. You could not only injure yourself by you could hurt on of the elderly you are helping. Just my opinion... You need to fix you so before it gets worse, don't let an accute problem become chronic.
    In life a basic human need is to be productive/contribute to family, job community etc. If you aren't working is there something you can do to help fill that need, it will help prevent or minimize feelings of worthlessness.
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  • I just want to say that I can relate. I am 30 and I feel like suddenly (7 months ago) my world came crashing down. It feels surreal to be 30 and be disabled like this. I'm sorry you are going through this. Honestly though it is so nice to hear someone else who feels simarlerly. I often feel so isolated with this.
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