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.
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