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Hi there, I’m new to this site and was looking for some advice. Five months ago I started having tingling calves and pelvis, some numbness left leg but no pain other than tightness around right ribcage area. I ended up in hospital as my GP thought I may have Guilin Barre (apologise for spelling) syndrome as I had tingling randomly in arms at times too. I was given an MRI which showed L4/L5 degeneration and bulge and L5/S1 bulge. No explanation was ever given for right side rib pain. I was doing a lot of weights at the time and can only assume I had some soft tissue injury at same time. Fast forward a few weeks and I then began to get pain in lower left lumbar area which has continued ever since along with calve tingling and now mid back pain and tightness. I tired accupuncture and didn’t like the experience and I’m currently using Bowen therapy although I’ve been 5 times and I’m really not sure if it’s helping or not. For three months I resisted medication other than ibuprofen but I have now succumbed to nortriptylene. I have worked up to 40mg once a day. It helps the pain a bit but I still feel achey, tight and uncomfortable and I get a lot of burning pain. Someone has suggested I try Gabapentin and I wondered if anyone had used this with nortriptylene? I really do not want to gain weight as I was very fit and I’ve now not been able to exercise for 5 months. The whole situation is extremely depressing and my husband is finding it difficult to cope with too. I’m waiting for a referral to neurosurgeon, not that I want surgery but hopefully for some advice. At the moment I’m kind of self medicating as my GP is a bit useless in this regard. Any advice would be most welcome or just a friendly chat as I’m feeling a bit out on my own at the moment.