I'm 34 years old and I wake up in agonising pain every day. I had my feet knocked from under me in an icerink on valentines day in 2008, and I landed on my lower back. I suffered from sciatica almost immediately and could hardly bend or ever lean forward for a few days. I was also suffering back, shoulder and rib pain. I went to my GP and was simply given painkillers. My situation didn't improve so I returned to my GP, only to be given more painkillers. I returned again to my GP as I was referred to physiotherapy. I was given exercises to do at home, and went to weekly core stability classes whuich did nothing but aggravate the pain in my ribs. I came to the end of my physiotherapy treatment and returned to my GP as I was at the end of my tether - waking up in pain at 3-4am every morning, to the point that it was just too painful to stay lying in bed as the pain in my lower left ribs was aginising (it seemed to be at the point where my ribs join my spine), and I was feeling depressed and just burst out crying in the doctors surgery due to the stress.
I told my GP that the pain felt like my ribs were broken - I was told that if my ribs had been broken there was nothing that could be done about it anyway, and was referred back to physiotherapy and told that if physio couldn't resolve it my only option would be to be referred to 'pain management', I was also refused a prescription for more painkillers.
I really felt as though nothing was being done to help my condition, so I paid to see a private massage therapist to see if I could get some relief from the pain - after my massage sessions I would be in pain for a couple of days, but would then suffer less pain for a couple of days before the pain returned again.
I returned to physio (a different therapist this time) who told me that the pain seemed to indicate that my ribs had been broken at some point. I told her about my private massage treatments and that they seemed to be helping a little, so she also did some manual therapy. I had to discontinue my private massage treatments as I could no longer afford it, and was still in pain.
After many many weeks my physiotherapist was due to go on maternity leave, and she advised me that the NHS were likely to 'pull' the treatment as I had been receiving it for so long.
After my physiotherapist went on leave I saw no point in returning to my GP as I was only going to be 'referred to pain management'.
Again, I sought private treatment, this time from an osteomyologist, who tells me that my pain is due to 'trigger points' - yet I'm getting no better from the treatments I'vbe had.
I have been paying £35 per week for five months and I can no longer afford it. I no longer wake up at 3-4am in pain, it's more like 5-6am, and the sensation is still as though my ribs are broken.
I don't know what to do. I'm still in pain every day, I'm at the end of my tether, my GP won't do anything, I've had absolutely no tests, xrays or anything, in fact my GP didn't even do an examination.
I still wake up in pain every morning - pain that forces me out of bed when I need to sleep. Right now it's 7pm and my lower left ribs are hurting me when I cough.
I just don't know what to do, I've put up with this for over three years but I can't carry on like this for much longer.