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MsKazMMsKaz Posts: 3
edited 02/01/2016 - 7:33 AM in Lower Back Pain
I've been suffering with lower back pain for 18 months. I'm on co-codamol, Naproxen and Dihydrocodeine. Good days and bad, very bad days. Slightest bending can put my back out. I'm then left in agony for 1-3 days. It varies. No pattern. The meds make it manageable enough on a good day, but they don't help on the bad ones.

MRI showed wear and tear only. The day I got my MRI was on one of the good days. Can this affect the result?

I'm 40 and a mother of a young child. I feel 80, like I'm ready for the scrapheap. Some days I feel so down, can't face anybody, don't go out etc. I know I need to give myself a good kick up the backside because it's "only a sore back" but I struggle to sleep and feel like this is never coming to an end.

Any advice appreciated, maybe some recommendations for different painkillers?

Many thanks in advance.

In response to Liz (moderator) here are some further details:

Pain started in June 2014 after a fall.
No family history.
I've had an MRI and been seen by a neurosurgeon. Told only wear and tear showing on scan.
Currently attending physiotherapy.
I take Co-Codamol 30/500mg three times daily. Naproxen twice daily and Dihydrocodeine at night. I also take Diazapam to help to sleep on bad days.
Been on these meds for 18 months. I feel they take the edge off on a daily basis but don't help much on the bad days.
Surgery has been ruled out.
Talk of referring me to the Chronic Pain Clinic and for assessment for injections under x-ray but GP hasn't done this yet. She wants to try physio first. Been attending physio for a year.
No other plans from GP.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,940
    It sounds very good you are talking about pain management.
    My primary doctor tried working with my pain about two years before referring me to pain management.
    Best thing for me!

    He did a variety of different testing, that I never heard mentioned previously, and was able to find and address my spinal, and other issues.
    I have never been a candidate for surgery.

    Seeing my pain management doctor regularly, for him to monitor my spine and give treatments and pain management medications, has been the best thing I've done in taking care of myself.

    Finding right kind of relief for pain can be trial and try again.
    In my experience, primary doctor is not comfortable with meds that may need to be prescribed and monitored.

    I'm very glad to being cared for by specialist with this spinal pain, and other accompaing issues.
    Sue
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  • Savage said:
    It sounds very good you are talking about pain management.
    My primary doctor tried working with my pain about two years before referring me to pain management.
    Best thing for me!

    He did a variety of different testing, that I never heard mentioned previously, and was able to find and address my spinal, and other issues.
    I have never been a candidate for surgery.

    Seeing my pain management doctor regularly, for him to monitor my spine and give treatments and pain management medications, has been the best thing I've done in taking care of myself.

    Finding right kind of relief for pain can be trial and try again.
    In my experience, primary doctor is not comfortable with meds that may need to be prescribed and monitored.

    I'm very glad to being cared for by specialist with this spinal pain, and other accompaing issues.
    Thanks for taking the time to reply Savage. My doctor hasn't referred me to the pain management clinic yet, I've just made an appointment to go see her tomorrow to ask that she does that sooner rather than later as this pain isn't going away and I do wonder if different painkillers might be of help. I've been on the same pills now for 18 months and on the bad days they don't touch the pain. Thank you very much.
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