14 year ago this October I had a 12 hour long gall-stone attack, when I eventually passed out from the pain I woke up to find I could barely move because of back pain. Since then my pain has gotten better and worse over the years. I have tried no end of pain killers, all of which have eventually either stopped working or the pain has become too much for them to help with. My doctors insist that I have chronic lower back pain although the pain covers the whole of my back from the shoulder blades down. I had an MRI 12 years ago and some radiation test...sorry can't remember the name...to check my nerves. Both came back clear. Since then I have been to the Chronic Pain Clinic twice. The first time was quite helpful and after 2 years of pain the exercises helped me cope better with the pain. The second time I stayed for an hour and finally asked if anything had changed from 12 years ago, I was told no so I politely left. Couldn't see the point of sitting through another 12 weeks or so of being told how to cope with pain I'd had for years with the same techniques they gave me 13 years previously. Last year I went to the doc and stood crying and practically begging him to refer me to another specialist, I was told there was no point and it would be a waste of time. Then just before xmas I fell...again...and damaged both wrist and chipped the bone in my elbow, thanks to a doctor in A&E referring me...and shaking her head in disgust at my gp....I have finally seen a spinal surgeon who has referred me for another MRI. The ATOS test gave me 12 points which I have disputing so my depression has gotten worse over the last 9 months. I have stopped taken the Dosulepin anti-depressants because they stopped working, told the doc and he said...oh they must have helped all they can...then didn't prescribe me anything else. I'm on the highest dose of Pregabalin and the highest of Solpadol, the only time either of them help is when I take 2 Pregablin at night before bed so I can at least manage 2 or 3 hours of sleep at night. My questions are...FINALLY ...What other painkillers are out there that will help with my back pain? Oh forgot to mention that my leg goes dead occasionally without notice and I drop to the floor....OUCH....I've had all the usual, and the doc mentioned morphine which I knocked back. Morphine make me ill, and patches...that was over a year ago and nothing has been mentioned since. I've broached the subject with him and he glides over it and onto something else...EVERYTIME. It's a shame that he seems so non-comittal about my pain when he was so supportive when we first went to him, after being ignored and basically being called a liar by my last GP. . Now its as if he doesn't care any more. I have been smoking marijuana for the last 8 years or so to help and it has, but now the pain is just too much for even 'happy fags' to help. Sorry this post is so long, I felt I needed to explain everything before asking for help.
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