I suffered a herniated disc in 2006 which has never healed properly. I cannot stand or walk for any more than 10-15 minutes without getting spasms in my back - it feels like i have a horrendous cramp all along the bottom half of my back. If i can catch it early before it gets really bad, i can rest and get my back pain to stop within an hour or so, however if it properly sets in it can continue for hours and hours and not recover properly for days. My doctor ordered an MRI in 2010 but this came back with DDD and a bulge at L5-S1. This has recently become worse - now when I sit for more than about 10 minutes, when I get up i am bent double and find it incredibly difficult to straighten up - it also makes driving painful. When I sit on a bike I also get episodes of numbness in my bottom and thighs. I have learned to avoid activities but this is getting me down, having had physio, orthotics, chiropractic appointments, acupuncture and nothing helps.
On Saturday, I reached for something and had exactly the same excruciating pain and 'popping' or 'pinging' sensation in my back which I had back in 2006 (then from sitting up from lying flat when camping). I iced and took painkillers only for the same thing to happen again on Sunday resulting in me ringing NHS 111 and being sent to A&E because the pain would not let up - i was in agony and my thighs/bottom were slightly numb. I was given painkillers and sent home. I went back to the doctors the next day as instructed to get my prescriptions (diazepam, codeine and naproxen) - she reexamined me and sent me back to a and e with an ortho referral - he reexamined me and referred me for an mir through my doctor - on the straight leg raise my right leg got to 45 degrees whilst my left was only 5 degrees. I have been referred for an mri scan and to the spinal team by my doctors.
I am off work as I cannot walk properly and i am still in pain - I look like i'm about 90 when I try to walk. I'm feeling really down.
Has anyone got any idea how long my referrals might take? Also, for a long time (I think since my initial injury in 2006) I have had sharp nerve pains intermittently around my body - usually legs, feet and occasionally hands. Has anyone had this? I know it might not be related to my current state but the amount of 'shocks' i've been getting in my thighs have increased since saturday.
Thanks for any help or support anyone can give,