Hi I'm new here so forgive the long intro. In short I've suffered off and on acute back pain since 1998. Recently over the last two years my acute phases have become common and in between I have chronic pain which majorly interferes with my life. The only people who have taken this seriously are my physiotherapist (who has treated me at acute episodes for 2 years) who wrote to my GP saying in his opinion I had degenerative disc disease on L3/L4 and L5/S1. I am 47 and overweight. I had gastric band surgery four years ago which did reduce my weight but it's now going back up again.
My symptoms are the following:
Moderate pain at all times even in bed
Severe pain bending of any sort, lifting out of the question though I am mastering bending of knees for light lifting
Inability to sit for more than 20 mins without severe pain and aching stiffness, sometimes with acute groin nerve pain.
Same for standing though I can walk ok
Burning pain in both hips which never goes away and is made worse by sleeping on my side
Recurring nerve pain in hips when walking which temporarily feeling in leg so I can't stand or walk till it receds. Once this has happened it often happens repeatedly for a couple of hours, causing a lot of ooohs and aaahs (the pain is short but similar to the dentist drill hitting a nerve) and sudden stopping / standing on one leg -can be embarrassing in work.
Inability to lie on stomach for more than a few minutes without severe pain making Physio treatment increasingly difficult
Burning pain in front of left thigh (Physio says femoral nerve)
Occasional but sever groin pain which is exaggerated by sucking stomach muscles in
Recent onset of urinary retention / difficulty voiding
Thanks to my locum GP I am now on Gabapentin 1200mg a day and continuing with tramadol 200mg when needed (my dose has decreased thanks to Gabapentin which has helped tremendously with the chronic pain so much so that I feel able to function more normally.
She also referred me to orthopaedic consultant who sent his registrar who listened to me for 2 mins, dismissed my urinary problem as unrelated and thought my problems "musculoskeletal" probably because I am fat. He certainly didn't listen for long enough to make any sort of diagnosis and didn't do any sort of physical exam at all. He has ordered an MRI which on the NHS will take a few weeks and then another few weeks for surgeon to review the results. I can cope with the back pain for that period but am worried about the urinary retention problem. Has anyone else experienced this?