I was diagnosed with sciatica and a slipped disc last year and given tramadol which really helps but recently I've moved areas and the GP said tramadol is addictive so it's being removed. He wouldn't discuss whether tht was relevent to me individually. I asked what would be done now re other meds or investigating the back pain or maybe a scan regarding the slipped disc but his reply was that none of this is necessary because the pain will resolve itself once the tramadol ends. I really doubt he's right. I've halved my dose but I'm in pain. What I want is a scan and some pain meds until we know what's going on. It seems I can't change GP practice because they all have a one mile policy. I've wasted my time seeing two GPs there now. Do I have to see every GP there and if they all insist that the pain will magically disappear then what do I do?