My name is Iain and live in the north east of Scotland. Came on here to speak with people going through the same as myself.
A little background
I have been suffering on and off with lower back pain for the last 10 years. My local dr has always said it was muscular and to take pain killers or anti inflammatorys, these never gave me any relief.
April this year i was taking my clothes off at work to change into my boiler suit and something gave way in my lower back, i stru.ggled on and finished my 12 hour shift. The next day i phoned up my private medical provider instead of my local Dr for an appointment with a specialist, i was given a meeting with a neurologist and he sent me for an MRI
The results from the MRI showed an L4-L5 and L5-S1 disc prolapse and annular tear. I underwent left-sided L5-S1 transforaminal epidural injection, a left L4-L5 transforaminal epidural injection, and facet blocks into the left L3-4, bilateral L4-5, and L5-S1 facets.
I had no relief from these and 2 months later received the same course of injections which again gave me no relief.
My surgeon has given me 2 options now.
1 - See a rheumatologist
2 - A 2 level lumbar fusion
Years of pain is really getting me down mentally now as well as physically.
Hoping to hear from a rheumatologist soon.
Without struggle there is no progress