I am new to this group so please forgive me if my post reads like war and peace! As I only found this site a few days ago in a desperate attempt to find some help and support after suffering from chronic back pain for past 9 months . I have previously had back surgery in 1994 for microdiscectomy L4-L5 and have had a few flare ups through the years which have in general been managed by pain killers and chiropractor.
Following a bad fall in my work carpark last April I have been plagued with low back and groin pain which did not respond to self treatment and I felt the need to consult my G P in October 2015. I was given the usual advice that is familar to all fellow pain sufferers on this site. Finally after several private manual physiotherapy sessions my doctor sent me for MRI scan in January , this apparently revealed marked DDD and facet joint erosion but did not reveal any trapped nerves . The pain has been dreadful over past 4 months and I have now been referred to pain management clinic . I am certain there is some nerve pinching going on as I find lying down very painful at times and the nerves throb in my low back. I am trying like many of you on here to manage my flare ups using analgesics, heat , ice and amitriptylene at night with slow progress but I remain ever hope full things will settle down to enable me to resume as full a life as possible as i am obviously tired of the pain and becoming reluctant to fill my body with pain killers long term . Any views, suggestions on how to move on would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for taking the time to read my post, reading others on here helps me realise that many of us suffer pain on a daily basis and we can learn from other's experiences.