Finally I raised the white flag and waved it about. Yes… I finally gave up and asked for a referral to a back specialist. The referred pain in my hip is steadily increasing and taking anti-inflammatories and aspirin or paracetamol or whatever simply isn’t working any more. I’ve now got pains down my right leg to my knee and they’re starting to radiate down my left side as well.
As usual, tho I got the referral on Weds I decided I knew better and thought I’d wait a few days in a final vain hope my back might improve… naturally it didn’t, and won’t
Obviously I’ve *no* idea what this guy might suggest, if anything, but it’s time I bit the bullet and got it investigated.
Of course I’ve discussed this with friends who all seem to have had similar problems… one had surgery on his neck which didn’t solve the problem. Another surgery on her lower back… which didn’t seem to solve the problem. A third said she was having regular pain blocking injections (essentially a ‘tri-monthly’ epidural) which did at least stop the pain for three months and kept her mobile even if it didn’t treat the underlying cause.
So the current word-of-mouth options aren’t too palatable. I can try to have it fixed, and two out of two said it didn’t work, or I can opt for pain relief which might result in me imagining the problem has been fixed and maybe making it worse by overdoing it or something.
Either way it’s time I did *something*. This morning I forgot to take my tablets and after we got back from the skating rink and I’d pottered about for an hour or two I had to sit down because the pain was making me very ‘unstable’ on my feet. Once the painkillers have kicked in I’ll be able to manage but it’s a pretty crappy way to live.