I have suffered with back problems for the past 20years which over the last 7/8 years have gradually got worse.
It started of with pain in my lower back which was helped by regular trips to a Chiropractor.
This allowed me to continue walking with my local walking group.
But slowly over the past 7 years the pain has gradually worse with pain in my lower back, down my right leg plus both feet are numb.
I had an MRI scan November 2015 which showed problems at L5/S1 which causes moderate stenosis compressing the L5 nerve root.
Feb/2016 had a nerve block injection, this had no effect.
Pain management tried Pregabalin and Gabapentin, both did not help.
Pain was so bad now that I could only walk comfortably for 10mins, therefore walking group came to a stop. . Had a private consultation with a spinal consultant who made his own diagnosis of the MRI scan, which was that degenerative scoliosis was producing narrowing @ L4/5 and L5/S1 plus grade 1 spondyolisthesis @ L4/5 level. He suggested a lateral recess decompression surgery which I had December 2017.
Result being that the surgery made no difference and the specialist said that I would have to learn to live with it!
Have tried living with it but GP sent me for a further MRI scan June 2019, followed by another nerve block injection, which also has had no effect.
GP now also says that I will have to live with it.
The pain is slowly getting worse sometimes stops me sleeping.
What should I do know??
Also My main concern at the moment is that the numbness in my right foot is getting worse and is now making driving difficult in that It is hard to feel my foot on the accelerator pedal.
Any thought or suggestions as to what I could do apart from no longer driving which I have no wish to do?
Also finally any suggestions as to a pain medication that works in 15 to 30 mins and would allow me to go for a reasonablly long walk? We live in Devon not far from Dartmoor and I would just love to go for a 2-3 mile walk across the moor.
devonboy, I'm sorry for your loss of function. I think that the gabepentin gave me nerve damage and tingling. I'm paralyzed from my chest down, so I can't give advice, but wanted to say hello anyway. Hi.