Hi there I am hoping that this post will perhaps allow someone to give me their experiences on whether recovery from this back pain is possible. I'm so desperate and I'm sorry for the number of previous posts but I'm at my wits end.
The doctor has said that I am going through an acute phase which he is confident that I will get better from, we'll get the pain back down to a manageable level so that I can return to work.
I had a MRI 6 or 7 years ago showing multi level disc degeneration which is too severe for surgery which the consultant felt was caused by segmental instability. They have suggested physiotherapy, but there is a 10-12 week waiting list ( although I have started some exercises which I was shown the last time I was at physio). It is only after the physio that they will consider another MRI. I appreciate that the NHS is under budget constraints but I feel that I should be getting another scan done as things may have changed in my back since the first one.
When I first had the MRI, the pain was not nearly as bad as it is now,but I was referred onto the pain clinic. At the time he suggested that I went onto gabapentin, baclofen and Amitryptiline. When I went back to the doctor, I stupidly said that I did not feel that I needed all this medication as I felt I was managing taking the cocodamol as needed ( as I say I was not nearly as bad back then and being in my twenties I thought I knew better). I think the reason they felt it was nerve pain was due to a "pin prick" test where he tested my back with a pin prick and it was barely noticeable in my upper back but it felt like he was stabbing me in the lower back.
Since this 3 month nightmare started, the GP started me on tramadol and diazepam for breakthrough pain, but I was only allowed to take the tramadol for a short time as I am already on cocodamol. My last visit to the GP, I told him what the pain clinic had suggested all those years ago and he felt that it was worth trying me on the gabapentin and baclofen (so I started them 10 days ago). I realise that gabapentin takes time to see if it will work, I'm not sure about baclofen.
On my visit to the orthopaedic department 11 days ago, the Dr I saw said that he was confident that I can and would get back to being able to work and do things again. He said that I had successfully managed my pain for 7 years but unfortunately this time the pain had got on top of me. I'm hoping that he was not just saying this to passing me ( as I totally broke down thinking that I was going to be like this forever).