I am a 44 year old reasonably fit working mum. About 6 weeks ago I started to have bad back pain after a reformer Pilates class which became excruciating about 5 weeks ago. I had an MRI that shows 4 bulging discs, disc degeneration, a bit of arthritis and nerve impingement - all lumbar area.
I have been in so much pain but have now got a combination of codeine/paracetamol, naproxen and buscopan that gives me around 2.5-3hrs of pain relief when I am lying down.
I can sit/stand and walk for about 60 secs at a time before needing to lie down. I am also now constipated due to the codeine but have Medes to try and deal with that.
I got to see a top spinal consultant last week who has said I don't need surgery but he has referred me for 4 facet joint injections by X-ray. Unfortunately the person I need to do this is on holiday but I am booked in fir 30th April. I am having physio and acupuncture 3 times a week too.
Has anyone had these injections before and do they work? Any advice of what I can do in the meantime? Another ten days of lying down unable to do anything fills me with dread - although I am not complaining that I am pain free fir most of my lying down time.
Any advice on anything linked to my symptoms would be much appreciated!