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Back Pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
Hello, i live in east anglia and have had long term Sciatic pain & pain in my lower back. I had a discectomy on my L5, 12 years ago and have been having problems ever since. i have seen GP's and pain clinic consultants in that time and i have also had physio, manipulation & lots of different pain killers. The last couple of MRI's have shown that my nerves in & around the L5 area are being pinched. i have been told that this is probably due to nerve root impingement. i have now been out of work this time for nearly 5 months & i am getting desperate. does anybody have any advice??? ~X( ~X( ~X(



  • is to take one day at a time. I'm experiencing similar pain and been out of work since Feb08, lost my job and insurance in the process. I've been offered a great job with and awesome insurance company but haven't accepted because I am afraid that my back problems are going to get in the way. I plan on calling tomorrow and saying yes and that I can start mid Jan. I'm afraid that when the time comes my back won't be better and I'll have to tell them why I have to postpone and then lose the position. Although it gives me some hope and something to look forward to and a reason to push myself to get better.

    Hang in there, you have a great support system here.
  • Ming,
    Thanks for your comments, it's good to know i'm not alone altho i new there were many people experiencing simular problems, but never knew that there were sites like this. did you have trouble getting the doctors to understand or appreciate what you were and are going through??? if anyone else is reading this, plz comment :) :)
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  • I felt docs did not take me seriously because of my age. I started seeking a solution, treatment, fix...whatever you want to call it in my 20's. It took until I was 29-30 for the docs to take me serious. I felt they just looked at me as a drug seeker. I have been honest and up front with all my docs and don't abuse my pain meds. I've been willing to try anything to help with the pain. You just have to be persistant and do your research. I suggest keeping a journal of your pain, appts, different treatments and the results. I didn't do this and it's hard to remember when you have to go to a new doc and explain what you did and what did/didn't work etc.
  • i know what you mean,i get the impression that they think i'm just after another sick note to stay off work. even tho i have a family to look out for and provide for. you then tell them that, but you can see they're not convinced.
    but like you say i'll keep plugging away.
    once again thanks for your comments, i really appreciate them. i hope your situation has a happy and pain free ending. take care of yourself
  • Have you tried epidurals? They helped my sciatica 80% I just had facet joint injections and that's seemed to help my back a little also. The waiting time is awful. Are you waiting to see Ortho and Neurosurgeon? Did your Dr. order an EMG? A specialist doesn't have to order these tests and perhaps get an appointment earlier with Neuro. Take care and hope you're getting enough pain relief from your meds. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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