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Lower back pain


I have had ongoing lower back pain for just over a year now. I have had physiotherapy (including soft tissue massage and acupuncture) taken painkillers (NSAID and codeine) and I am in constant pain. My physiotherapist referred me for an MRI scan for which I haven't seen the results yet but I am struggling to sit in a chair at work, or walk up stairs, sleep and generally move about without painkillers.

I am 31 and before I had this pain (which originated by lifting my baby nephew) I was fit and healthy, ran a few times a week and had never had this specific pain although I had previously had sciatica.

My pain is located specifically right at the bottom of my back in the sacrum, although it feels like it comes from the muscles/joints either side. I have pain in my right hip when walking up stairs and when getting up from a sitting position. I have pain that runs down my right leg into my hamstring but not quite reaching the knee.

The physiotherapist indicated that they don't expect to see anything on the MRI, they are only doing it because my pain has not resolved with exercises or treatment.

I am stuck in this limbo while waiting for MRI results and not having any treatment. I am tempted to pay for further treatment myself, but I don't know what. further acupuncture, massage, or a chiropractor?

I am fed up, I want to run and swim and be active again. My doctor seems to think that I have to accept some level of pain and discomfort and to just get on with it.

Any advice as to where to go next?



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