Just to let you know how my husband got on with the GP, he said he would not write to the consultant as there was no point because of the waiting list, he would just have to wait. He said no point in seeing consultant privately unless he could afford to have the op done privately too!!! He did however give him amitriptyline 10mg 1 or 2 at night to help with sleep. He took 2 on Friday and didn't surface until 10.30am, he was very groggy and disoriented and not feeling good (I had same effects years ago). He said he would drop it down to 1 tablet, which he has, but still feels groggy. He can't take these whilst working due to his job, but they have enabled him to get some much needed sleep.
Thanks all for your comments, we will see how he gets on, but the pain is still there and getting worse. I think he is going to try and go on light duties at work to see if this helps.