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serious back pain

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  • Posted By: jennie
  • March 4, 2008
  • 05:20 PM

Im only 26 and i suffer terrrible back pain, some days it actually makes me throw up as it seems to spread through my back into my stomach, i've had mild back pain since i was 14, then had an injury when i was 16, which made it worse, although when i was pregnant at 23 it got alot worse. i was put on 2x30mg Dihydrocodiene three times a day whilst pregnant, but since having my son its got worse and worse, the last few months i've been in really bad pain, sometimes i can barely stand up without getting dizzy from the pain.
i had an x-ray just after my son was born, which was supposedly normal, and i stayed on the painkillers which im still on now, and am addicted to them, I've been back to my dr's the last 2 days in a row the first dr just fobbed me off with Diclofenac/Volterol, i was so upset when i got home that my partner phoned up pretty angry as the dr had just rushed me out, i got another appointment for today, I saw a different dr who has referred me to a spinal specialist, he also sent me for a blood test but baffled me with jargon as to what it was for:confused:, i had my son with me which did'nt help, but i went and had my blood test, results (of what, i dont know) will be in on thursday (2 days) but i dont know how long this spinal appointment will be, (probably about 3 months here) i think i need crutches now, which my dr says only the spinal specialist can provide, if deemed necisary (it feels like my spine is being compressed whenever i walk)
I have been walking distances recently by taking my son in his pushchair and leaning on that, but he wants out of it now
I also get severe migraines maybe twice a week, which leave me in bed, too ill to get up and function normally, i saw a neurologist,after an 8 month wait, who tapped my knees and looked in my eyes and sent me on my way, telling my dr to ''play around with my meds'' untill he finds something that works:mad:
All this is causing me to be depressed and i feel like a burdon on my partner and son, and dont know who else to talk to about it, can anyone help me??
or even just make me feel a bit better, as im totally lost and miserable, Thanks for reading my rant, Jennie

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  • hi all , i've not been online much recently so i have an update, i was reffered to a musclu-skeletal specialist in march and just had my first appointment on thursday, he said he cant beleive how stiff my back is for someone my age, and he must of seen a few backs in his time, he was really nice anyway and seemed to understand my situation with my G.P , who is terrible-i visited him last week, walked in crying my eyes out and said i cant take this anymore please, please help me "im not giving you morphine" was his simple response:mad: i did'nt want bloody morphine i wanted help i want it fixing not masking with painkillers, so im still on the dihydrocodeine but managed to go from 6 x30mg daily (2 on awaking, 2 lunch, and 2 around dinner (4pm) ) to 5 a day -1 on waking, 2 lunch, 2 dinner, my G.P offered me Tramadol (zydol) but said i'd have to give back my dihydrocodeine before he will prescribe them, but i got some from my m.i.l and today i've had 3 dihydrocodeine and 2 tramadol so i've cut the dihydrocodeine down, whether i will sleep tonight remains to be seen, does anyone have any info on experiences with either dihydrocodeine or tramadol or any ideas i could suggest to my G.P????please. while i wait for my M.R.I yes my musculo-skeletal specialist has reffered me within 5 mins of looking at my back, so i dont know what this will show im actually hoping it shows problems so i can get them (try) sorted, im really down annd teary at the minute as i dont know what to do anymore, and kind of feel out of control of my life:confused: any help even a little encouragement would be great as i dont have anyone to talk to at all and am kinda at an all time low (which is why i have'nt been online for a while) ANY HELP GREATLY APPRECIATED:o
    jennie 16 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi jennie, i just wanted to contact u as ur feeling so low, i havent read all ur posts & replys so i dont know all, so plz forgive me. There is one thing i can recommend u try & that is "Glucosmaine Sulphate" my pain consultant recommened it to me & having tryed it i will sware by it. Please give it a go u can but it in chemists or health shops. Glucosmaine sulphate is a natural non toxic compound found in the body, google it to find out more......it works really quickly & u should notice a difference in around a week or so. Please dont give up hope. Best Wishes :)
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
  • hiya, thanks for that i will try the glucosamine i've seen it on tv, im not exactly sure what it does so i'll google it after this, i think its something to do with calcium and your bones, i will check anyway, actually my hubby's boss takes it i remember now and he has a bad back, not like mine but that must be why.i actually managed on 3 dihydrocodeine (and 2 tramadol/zydol) yesterday as the 2 seem to be doing pretty much the same thing, i slept ok apart from the usual waking up very uncomfortable but woke up in quite a lot of pain, where as when im just on the dihydrocodeine i dont, it starts soon AFTER i get up, thanks for the reply tootsie
    jennie 16 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi again jennie, the thing i forgot to tell u was, buy the 1000mg Glucosmaine Sulphate & take it twice a day, thats what i take.....i also take cod liver oil capsuals these will help with ur joints if u can take them, but as u take so many pain killers im sure u know these can constipate you so the cod liver oil would also help move things along....:olol My friend has terrible back pain & she started taking them also, she told me she cant believe it, she feels like a new woman. Hope it works as well for u. Oooh & as ur in England u will be able to buy these in Holland & Barrett they usually have special offers on. Im in N Ireland. Best wishes:)
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
  • I just joined:) Hope you have figured out your problem. Have you tried working out with personal trainer? Weight training could really improve your back muscles and your overall health. I knew someone who had a serious back problem for years and she went to the doctor and he had to do emergency surgery on her because of a slipped disc or something, but she did not know that was the cause of her pain. She just suffered and masked the pain for years until finally someone found out what it was.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • hiya, thanks for that i will try the glucosamine i've seen it on tv, im not exactly sure what it does so i'll google it after this, i think its something to do with calcium and your bones, i will check anyway, actually my hubby's boss takes it i remember now and he has a bad back, not like mine but that must be why.i actually managed on 3 dihydrocodeine (and 2 tramadol/zydol) yesterday as the 2 seem to be doing pretty much the same thing, i slept ok apart from the usual waking up very uncomfortable but woke up in quite a lot of pain, where as when im just on the dihydrocodeine i dont, it starts soon AFTER i get up, thanks for the reply tootsie Hi jennie, How are you doing now ? did you try glucosmaine sulphate & did they help ? Best wishes..............:)
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
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