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SophieanneSSophieanne Posts: 21
edited 01/28/2016 - 12:30 AM in Lower Back Pain

I am new to this community and really hoping someone can give me some advice..... about 2 years ago I had 2 slipped discs (L4/L5 and L5/S1) at the time I was prescribed diazepam along with something else (I think maybe naproxen?) and was referred to physio - after a few months it seemed to sort it self out and hasn't really bothered me since.

That was until last September when I started having pain in both my lower back and my right knee. I don't know if one is effecting the other, if it's totally separate issues or if it's the same issue.... The pain in my knee feels like pressure building up and I have to stretch it out about every 5 minutes at which point it cracks loudly and painfully. The pain in my lower back does feel slightly more on the right hand side and seems to go right down through my right buttock as well. I'm also experiencing pain higher up my back which I have not had before, probably about half way up my back I would say - about 2 inches below my bra line?

As I say, this started back in September and I figured it would pass so have been doing exercises the physio gave me before and doing gentle stretches in the shower with hot water running down my back, tried hot water bottles and over the counter pain meds but it's got worse rather than better and I am in constant discomfort - it's no where near as painful as when the discs were slipped and I am able to lift my legs when lying down which I couldn't do when the discs were slipped so I don't think that's the issue but it's painful enough that I am miserable and can't ever get comfortable.

I went to see my GP and she prescribed co-codamol (8mg/500mg - 2 x tablets, 4 times a day) and naproxen (500mg - 1 x tablet, twice a day) and said to go see a physio again. I am on the waiting list for physio and have been on the tablets for 5 days now but don't really feel any relief.... I felt like the GP rushed me through my appointment and didn't really listen to what I was saying so I thought I would see if anyone has gone through anything similar or can give me any advice?

Any help or guidance appreciated!

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