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A Painful very long year

allyoungaallyoung Posts: 2
edited 03/18/2015 - 12:31 PM in Lower Back Pain
I use to be a support worker with adults with learning disabilities before my accident. I was loading a resident into an adapted vehicle when I had a severe shooting pain in my back. I was sent home from work as I had the shakes and went white as a ghost. I visited my gp the following day. She suspected tissue damage. In total I was signed off work for 5 mths before I felt ready to return to work. I am now in an admin role.
It is coming up to the year anniversary of my accident and have only just been referred to rheumatology as my pain had not magically disappeared. My specialist suggested I have nerve damage, because of this I am not eligible for physio, or any holistic therapy via NHS. I take 8 tramadol a day, 2 Naproxen, 1 diazepam and 2 amitriptaline. I am a walking zombie just to be able to move about and earn a living. I am now beside myself, I live with pain 24/7. My legs hurt during the evening when I have stopped rushing around for the day, they feel like someone has dropped a double fridge on top of them. Where ever I touch it hurts. I have had to change my duvet for a sheet as the weight of the duvet can hurt them. I cry, for me this is a new experience as I am usually a hard head.
I have joined here, not for sympathy but to find someone who doesn't think this is in my head or I am exaggerating, people who can relate to my situation.
If I was a dog they would of put me down as I now have no quality of life.
Good to hear from you all.


  • Hi. What diagnostic tests have you had so far? Have you had a MRI? I know what the NHS can be like. I have some family members who get amazing care & others who hobble on year after year without much of anything happening. My Dad felt a lump, no pain. Within 2 days he was diagnosed with a hernia. Surgery is planned for next week!! Sometimes the most 'demanding' patients get the best care. Until you know exactly what's causing your pain you're unlikely o find an action plan to help. I'm sorry you're suffering like this.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Englishgirl is right.

    It's a lottery in the NHS. I went through the mill, three hospital admissions, and four Orthopaedic Consultants before the last one spotted the problem on an MRI I had to get privately and the required surgery was carried out.

    To put it bluntly, I was a complete pain in the butt to all of them, but would not go away. Eventually somebody listened and I got fixed.

    It's not easy pressurising nhs doctors but, once you get hold of their NHS email address, an email every day explaining the pain you're in tends to speed things up ;)

    If you're not up to the fight, you have the right to nominate a friend or relative to do it for you, come to appointments, etc.

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
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