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chronic back pain for 16 months after physio session

Hi, I'm new, I have lurked for a while but I really need some support. I am a 66 year old woman.

2nd January 2013 I saw a physio about an intermittent left groin pain. I walked alot, and the day before the appointment I had walked five miles. I had seen this woman on other occasions but it was two years since my back had flared and as long as I didn't try to bend and lift things it was quite stable. She asked me how my back was and I showed her I could touch my toes with no problem.

The physio diagnosed me with piriformis syndrome and as part of her treatment she put my left leg over her shoulder, grasped the top of my thigh and jerked hard 4 times, said she was 'loosening' the piriformis and psoas muscles. She then palpated my lumbar spine causing extreme pain. When I got home as I got out of my car I was in alot of pain and I felt as if all my weight was on my left leg. I phoned her and she told me she might have stirred something up but was very gentle(not), said use heat and painkillers and it would settle.

Follow day back spasmed and I could do nothing but lie in bed. One shoulder was higher than the other and I was crooked. Doctor prescribed Oromorph, then tramadol. Unable to hardly stand or walk for weeks but made it to MRI scan late February and diagnosed with l3/4 annular teat. Physio denied any responsibility and still does. I have tried exercises, walking - I do walk every day and I live alone so have to do certain things.

I have only just started driving short distances, I cannot sit on many chairs so cannot really socialise or go out to restaurants or theatre, or holidays or anywhere really. I spend hours lying down and getting up and down, walking round the block, I just keep trying ALL the time. It's flared up badly again now for no apparent reason. I have also got a haemangioma in T9 which encompasses 80% of the vertebral body. I think this is causing my thoracic pain anD maybe even referring to lumbar area but doctor says haemangioma is nothing to do with anything, they don't cause pain. So what do I know? I have muscle atrophy and weakness in left leg which is long standing, emg was done a while ago which was okay so it was not investigated further.

Well 16 months on from that fateful physio appt I am still in chronic pain, disabled, dependent on tramadol and laxatives, my kidneys are not working well and my hair is falling out. I don't know where to go from here, if indeed I want to go anywhere. I am not naturally a depressed person but I just dread waking up in the morning. Sorry this is so long.
Persistent chronic disabling back pain. Annular tear l3/4.24'(


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    The first step is finding out exactly what the cause of the ongoing back pain is, and where the issue is located. You may want to consider starting with an orthopedic or neurosurgeon who specializes in treating spine conditions.......

  • Hello Sandi
    I paid for another MRI and consultation with a spine surgeon last October, he confirmed the annular tear but said it's not bad enough to operate on. I don't want an op. Said the hemangioma would not be painful. His advice was to increase the tramadol. I asked about the possibility of muscle adhesions which an NHS physio had suggested but he said he had never heard of them and asked what they were. That consultation and scan cost me £850. GP just issues prescriptions for tramadol, diazepam and dulcolax and offers no help or advice. Because of my pain I find it impossible to travel and can't afford private doctors yet the NHS are not interested. I waited several months for a referral to pain management last summer to be told "there is nothing on the menu for you". I am beyond hope and really do not know where to turn or who to turn to. I live in a rural area in UK and services are limited to say the least. If I lived in a city it might be different.
    Persistent chronic disabling back pain. Annular tear l3/4.24'(
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