Approximately 3 years ago I hurt my back, I'm still not quite sure how. I just sat down one day and couldn't get up. I had noticed for a while before that I wasn't able to lay on my front anymore as it was making me ache, the doctor seems to think this may have been a warning sign. Anyway I ended up having to take some time off work because of it. I've now had approximately 5 occurrences of it. I seem to get better for a couple of months then it goes again. A couple of times I've actually felt my back 'go' and it's usually down to the simplest motion. I take Gabapentin (2x300mg per day) for the sciatica that seems to accompany it. I was referred for an xray for suspected scoliosis but the doctor was advised that they don't do xrays for that anymore, I have pushed for a scan but just seem to get brushed off. Annoyed by that as someone I know went to the other doctors in town even though not registered with them and was referred immediately.
This time around I felt the back twinge, but didn't have immediate pain, I carried on went to work for the day (work in a stock room so lifting is the norm), it was till that night I was in agony again. I've now been off work more that 7 weeks. I've seen the occupational health doctor who is going to make some recommendations to work (believe them happening when I see it). Anyway I'm due to go back to work next week, however over last weekend I seem to have had a relapse, only thing I can think I did was bending over cleaning the floor or carrying some fairly heavy shopping (I was feeling much better). I now have pain around my lower spine which also feels very tender to touch (it's never felt as tender before). The sciatica is a sod all down the side of my thigh, feeling like I have cramp in my calf and just achy round my ankle. I tried to explain to my family that I also feel like my backside is on fire when I sit (like carpet burn!) My main problem is walking any distance I get pain right across the top of my buttocks and into my hips, I can't seem to walk for more than 10-15 minutes without getting it, I just feel like I need to sit down. Sitting at the computer desk is a pain too, can old sit in the chair for appros 10 minutes before my hips hurt.
Apologies for the long post thought it would give some background. My question really is, has anyone else has experienced 'a relapse' or similar pain, and can recommend anything to help. I'm taking Co-Dydramol for the pain as I can't take tramadol/co-codamol and they make me really sick. I also cannot take ibuprofen as I'm taking lanzaparole (to counteract the gabapentin side effects...all good fun). Have had physio in past which didn't really help.
It's looking like another trip to the docs. I don't think my work will like it.