Have been dealing with a sever ruptured disc for 5 months which has formed a lump and is crushing a nerve in my spine, this is causing me awful back pain no surprises. Finally after trying a few various things, I was offered Tramadol which has been really helping to get me through the day. As the back ache has become so bad the last 4 weeks I have started taking the most recommended by my doctor which is 100mg 4 times a day.
Just been for a repeat of these and the doctor isn't keen on me being on these long term as they are dangerous and highly addictive, he even threw in reports of instant death to really scare me to bits! I personally haven't felt like I rely on them or addicted in any way but took his suggestion of trying something else and have been supplied Co Drydamal, which really arent cutting it. I am literally counting down the hours until I am allowed another dose. I have added ibuprofen to it as recommended by my GP but that hasn't really helped.
Have people found anything better or been ok with Tramadol longer than a few months? I have another month until my 2nd MRI but the specialist has already implied because of my age (36) and that my leg is just numb and not painful, he wants to try physio before trying surgery. This means he is likely to refer me back to my GP for them to refer me for this and so going to be months before I get anywhere.
I wont be able to cope without pain relief and honestly debating on getting in to debt to go private, if anyone has recommendations for this please also chip in!
Any advice from people on this would be hugely appreciated, thank you in advance.