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So frustrated and worried about hitting a dead end with surgeon

Sez1978SSez1978 Posts: 1
edited 09/07/2015 - 8:48 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi apologies is this seems a bit long winded.

I'm 36 years old and for approx 18 years I've had lower back pain which has got a lot worse in last 5 years.. I've had two mri's done over this time which show a small tear and bulge in l4/ l5 which had not changed in this time. I suffer from sciatica down my right side but the Mri does not show any compression of nerve. Its getting so much worse that some days I can't walk properly or even get out of bed as when I move I feel shocks go through my body. So far doctor has put me on tramadol.,penagablin, and amitriptyline. Recently he tried giving me butran patches as tramadol makes me so dizzy and sick but patches were so much worse :( I've had epidural injections in spine a spinal block and they gave me short term relief but the pain comes back with avengence. Last year I met with a surgeon who wasn't the nicest of men and told me to exercise and surgery will do more harm. I try and walk a lil most days so I'm still keeping mobile. My doctor has now referred me to another surgeon as emotionally I feel like I'm losing the plot at 36 I shouldn't be on this sort of medication not living a normal life. I'm so scared of meeting the surgeon this week because of the last one I met. Also what if this is it and they can't do any more and this is now my life :( I'm under pain clinic and they now say there's no more they can do either. So fed up and scared and my friends and family are so supportive but unless u feel this pain you can't get it.


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  • caroline2caroline2 Posts: 82
    edited 09/07/2015 - 10:48 AM
    here, [edit]

    There are many alternative protocols to work with...I've had a back issue for over 60 yrs and have done everything but surgery and even refused epidurals some yrs ago. Deal with a mess of a hip replacement 5 yrs ago.

    PRP injections can help and there are some posts here on PRP. Acupuncture can help too. These are less invasive protocols.... Chiros use ultra sound and laser therapy....so many treatments one can check out. I don't know a soul that does not have back issues at times in their lives..
    Bodywide OA, Fibro and complications from Hip Replacement.
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