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Like many of you I am in agonising pain everyday, everything from showering to walking a few yards is affected. I had an mri in Feb'17 which shows the L5 buldging and has a slight tear. Swelling at the bottom of my back and it's extremely sore and tender to touch. After hearing there was a 28 week waiting list to see the surgeon I decided to go private. I've had four private appointments and the surgeon has said he would not operate as he doesn't think I'll benefit from it, he advised I had physio which I did for 2 months but there was no improvement . I then went to see a Neurologist because for months I have had to feeling of when I need to wee and my bowels well I have to get to the toilet asap! The neurologist confirmed it was not a neurological condition which I am relieved but the pain is worsening medication ( Gabapentin) is not working so I have now been referred to pain management. I am very reluctant to take morphine based tablets as it's just masking the pain and also horrible side effects. I cannot understand how people are left to struggle with chronic pain, every day I struggle and wonder if I'll ever get back to work.