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OK I have been suffering with Lower back pain for over 20 years, I have had 2 discectomys' and decompression of the spinal cords I have have also had 7 epiduials and now injections in the facet joints and then in the neves to kills the pain.

I have been advised now there is no cure for the pain and it is now all about pain management.

I am now on tramadol 400mg and also Gabapentin 2700mg per day thats a total of 18 tablets including my Anti depressents.

I cannot move without the pain killers, but I dont want to live life on medication.

I have asked my doctors and consultants what other pain killers can I use / try

I have been on Tramodol for over 18 months and I know these are highly adictive so I wanted to change on to something else short term say a month or two to give me a break. Any others that give the same releif but not an opiate ? any advice ?

Also Gabapentin does help but taking 9 tablets a day I rattle like a Baby's Toy inside.

I am struggling now as DWP want me to work but I do feel I cant, Im not sure if I will receive any other benefits like incapaity benefit as whilst on medication I would appear somewhat fine although I get double vision, head judders and a number of other side effects which makes like difficult to work.

I tend to struggle in the afternoons and need sleep as I do not sleep very well during the night, usually up 2/3 times a night for an hour, although if I take sleeping tablets I might only wake up once. Again more meciation I do not want to take if at all possible.

I feel I am fighting DWP want me to work and the pain clininc are telling me to restrict my work and do not do anything too testing, not much physical work.

I need money as I cannot live on ESA not helping no other benefits I have not worked for over 2 years now because of these conditions.

What Help can I get ? what medication would be useful to try ? to not only help function but also help my sleep ? I feel like I am fighting a battle with no end of hurdles to jump and getting now where fast.

Mentally I am now struggling as I cant live with the pain and the thought of this for ever seems too much to deal with ! I suppose I am now desperate what do I do or what can I do.

Thanks Russell



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