I think this erm..... interesting admission of yours there "K" is the core of many other "interesting" admissions from members but perhaps on the more social interaction class of Forum...!!?Now we have some critical info to base recommendation on, may I ask if you've tried acupuncture?
It didn't address my particular problem but rather disturbingly I enjoyed the process of having needles stuck in me!
Back pain covers many differing activities, and is veryAny tips, guys?
Can't get an osteopath appointment for a couple of weeks. Right now I can barely walk, can't get in / out of bed unaided, or dress myself properly. Even using the toilet is proving difficult.
Somehow got to keep on going with my daily workload, plus will be spending 3 days away from home next week, driving 700 miles, and carrying out physical activities at my destination.
Any tips from fellow sufferers on managing the pain would be much appreciated.
I had exactly the same diagnosis as you (normally women after childbirth you know) couldn't sit blokey, leg gave way when walking etc, had physio and exercises which helped. In the end see back sugeon he was convinced it was a disc. I had a MRI and it wasnt either. It turned out it was a facet join pinching a nerve. The previous treatment had just had a secondary effect on the problem so helping short term by flexing my spinal column.Thanks for all the advice and sympathy.
It is not a disc / degradation problem. It is a misalignment of the sacro-ileac joint, caused by me having slipped on seaweed and fallen backwards onto a rock while carrying an unfeasibly large piece of driftwood to get it above the tide line. (I lived on an offshore island at the time, with no trees, so relied on driftwood for fuel).
It does affect my right leg as well (in fact, the whole of the right side of my body), and I get some numbness here and there.
My osteopath does a good job realigning everything, and it generally stays put for a good while after treatment.
I'm told that it's one of those things where the level of pain is disproportionate to the relatively minor nature of the injury, due to the close proximity of a major nerve which is "insulted" by the inflammation in the surrounding tissue.
The current attack seems to be a particularly bad one.
The difficulty is managing the pain and debilitation while awaiting an appointment.
Many prescribed drugs are very expensive and taking them home and not using them is not very responsible in my opinion.I have a draw full of unopened/unused proscribed drugs that date from day one of seeing my GP through to that most recently proscribed (for pain control) by my Consultant. And the reason I would rather endure the pain than take them is the warnings I encountered on the packets that scared me *********!
The reason I’ve kept each unused proscription rather than dispose of or return to the Pharmacist is so when my next FAC renewal comes around I may physically demonstrate, if so required, that I have never taken a mind-altering drug which included the so-called cure-all that is Valium.
My Wife called me an idiot but then she does that a lot.
You can sod work, get a relief milker in. Get someone else to take the sheep away. It’s a small cost compared to your health.Like you, I went far too long initially without seeing anyone about it. Then, about 20 years ago, saw doctor and he referred me for physio. It was a long drawn out process of weekly appointments, and didn't work. Second time it was bad my doctor advised seeing an osteopath. Either a long wait on NHS, or pay private. I paid. It was like magic! Pain free for the first time in ages! Now, osteopath is my first port of call. Not very many to choose from around here though, and difficult to get an appointment in under 2 weeks.
Unfortunately I can't "sod work", as cows need milking etc come what may. I get it done very slowly, with lots of rests. A bit worried about the long drive next week though, and towing a fully laden trailer (50 sheep on board) always seems to make the journey more tiring and uncomfortable.
Even if I took them back they are not permited to re-issue.Many prescribed drugs are very expensive and taking them home and not using them is not very responsible in my opinion.
I know someone who is prescribed drugs costing thousands of ££s every 3 months and he too doesn’t use them, instead choosing an alternative home made treatment which appears to work for him, but, I told him, he should quit contributing to the funding problems of our N.H.S.
PS. Hope your Doc. doesn’t lurk on SD.
I didn't go back for more of the same drug. In fact I didn't go back for more drugs of any type but rather to ensure I got to see the right Consultant/s and undergo various scans. They in turn proscribed pain relief but only when reading the warnings did I realize the side affects so abstained.With respect, you did say you did this from day one, so why go back for more?
The inversion tables (mine is branded Back Swing) are great I think...I used to end making like Dracula for a few hours at a time...you can even watch TV without having to turn it upside down...you adjust within seconds!Tried hanging upside down tonight rather than just hanging and back feels much better. But I also had a few nips of Irish whiskey so I'm not sure what the contribution of each was but I feel great.
I admire your stoicism for taking it on the chin and NOT taking any pain med's 'K' but there are times when a break in the continuously nagging pain is called for and surely appreciated my friend??... I come from the other direction on this and am fairly OK taking anything that should/may help to give me some relief.. Same goes with my chemotherapy. If they suggest I try something additional to help minimise my discomfort I am usually happy to stick my arm out etc. etc and go with the suggested flow.....I didn't go back for more of the same drug. In fact I didn't go back for more drugs of any type but rather to ensure I got to see the right Consultant/s and undergo various scans. They in turn proscribed pain relief but only when reading the warnings did I realize the side affects so abstained.
Thanks for that. Driving from North Wales to Suffolk: A55, M56, M6, A14. Think I'll be OK, thanks all the same, much appreciatedHi tim i too suffer from time to time with back pain however i cant take anti inflammatory meds. What i have done in the past is just hang by my legs and try to relax the back muscles for 10 15 mins,it make you look like a prat but worked for me as a quick fix for a week or two. I now use a chiropractor there not too expensive but worth the money in my opinion. Hope you feel better soon mate. btw were do you need to drive to and from and when as i might be able to help out