I am seeking some advice on what to do with my lovely back. I apologise in advance as this is a long message.
I have suffered with chronic back pain for over 2 yrs which has effected my mobility.
My main issue is stiffness in my lower and mid back which has resulted in me not wearing a bra for the last 2 yrs. I find that the NHS does not treat my back as a whole rather the NHS deals with my lower back separate from my mid back.
My last scan showed subtle spondylosis at C5-6, subtle endplate changes at several levels within the thoraic spine, deslccation of the L2-3 and L4-5 discs and degenerative change in the L5-S1 with loss of disc height. Facet joint unremarkable. When I show that to a professional they say there is nothing significant in it, just wear and tear.
What is means to me is the following: I am as stiff as a board every day and it is in my lower and mid back and sometimes my neck. Now 2 yrs down the line after 2 yrs of private physio my lower right back effect's my leg and right hip and makes it difficult to walk and I have a lot of pain under my right ribs.
I do stretching every morning and evening and 300 mins of crosstraining a week. I left work at the end of October as I could not handle the pain and did not want to live on Naproxen.
Where I am now
So now 3 mths later I am in a bigger mess, I am awaiting a scan on my liver and an endoscopy due to pain under right ribs, have been to the Pain clinic who said my choices were physio and or CBT (both have waiting lists) or a steroid injection in to the spine but they said it was my Facet joint which the scan indicated as unremarkable (it is 4 mths since the scan) , have puts on loads of weight especially on my stomach (13.7 stone) and have become deflated. Obviously I need to go back to work as I need the money and finding work in general is tough at the moment. Currently I take 1000mg of Naproxen a day and I can't sleep at night. I used to work in mgmt but now do anything as long as it requires limited travelling.
I have a preexisting bowel condition and have a scaring condition so I know that the injection is only time limited and may or may not work and I only have 1 back so I don't know what to do next.
The Question is
I think if I try and shift the flab, strengthen the core, do physio for Facet joints, look for more flexible work and suck up the pain for another 3 mths to see how it goes or just take the injection???
Any thoughts as not working is not an option for me and these back issues I guess are for life.
Sorry about the longness of this.
Anyone else out there struggle with similar issue's, what has worked for you?