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Hi all I'm coming up to retirement age and am finding mixing work with my back issues almost impossible today I'm at the point of having to go on permanent sick as I can nolonger do it .. I had an accident in the coal mining industry in the 1980s that left me with 3 injured vertebrae in the lumbar region . . I'm now at the point where on one side I have bone on bone as the curvature of the spine which curves to the left .. I'm in constant pain 24/7 my consultant keeps giving me spinal injections which don't do anything at all other than agrevate it its the nerve pain that causes me most problems with the sciatica ..leg numbness ..jumpy legs cramps you guys know the score I'm sure .. my consultant says surgery is too risky but surly my quality of life should stand for something as now I have none and it affects every aspect of my life even down to my personal relations with my wife in the intimacy side of things as the nerve damage stops things working I'm so fed up with it all I wish I could see some light at the end of the tunnel