Sorry you're going through so much pain and frustration with getting the desired help.
You need to be referred to a specialist in order to get an MRI done to see what's going on Sassy. Probably as Livingit suggested, a Neurologist is a good choice when nerve issues are involved.
Your doctor will provide you with a referral. I like to find my own specialist and then ask my GP to make out the referral for me or you can ask your GP for one they recommend.
There's usually a substantial waiting list to get in and see any specialist, so it's best to get on to it as soon as you can.
It does sound like sciatic problems but you've certainly had the problem for a good while now. Tests may find you now have issues around your sacroiliac joint as well. The only way to be sure is having the correct tests performed so a proper diagnosis is made and then the correct treatment plan can follow.
All the very best and looking forward to hearing how you go with things.
i can understand them not waning to jump at surgery as surgery is not always the magic cure that is hoped for but that does not mean its ok to leave you as you are! at very least it sounds like you need a more complete assessment - - even Si JOint stuff can be really painfull! if you are seen in by a pain management specialist there may be other scans that can be done that you GP cannot authorise that would help pin point the actual source of the pain- they may try some of the other meds that were mentioned that are not technically analagesics, gapabentin, tegretol etc for instance are originally anticonvulsants but they also help with nerve pain, as do some antidepressants ( and not because they think you are depressed, they change the levels of neuro transmitters at nerve "junctions" which obviously can alter the way pain is transmited for some. then there are sometimes nerve blocks and steroid/local injections they can inject into problem areas- i have a lot of damge to my lumbarand sacral spine and i had great results from a combination of nerve blocks and steroid injections about 5 yrs back- my back was still lousy on scans bu the pain was managable- sadly the next lot were not as effective and i am having a bad run a present but in your case, you need to get to a specialist that understands pain management-
have you looked at things like the chronicpaintoolkit.org and there is also a book that the pain unit of the royal north shore hospital in sydney put out a few yrs back- they run a great program that basically teaches us ways to manage life with chronic pain because while initially most of us are looking for cures, often that is not possible and accepting that actually helps- in your case while you are struggling t even get to someone who can actually assess your situation properly, you may find some of the informaion useful too!- i can't remember the books titel, i think its just chronic pain, but its well nown and someone here should be able to give the title etc, if not just check the library etc for a publication put out by the troyal north shore pain unit
i hope you find some help soon as i remember only too well what it feels like when you fel you are not getting any relief
Yes, unfortunately if the physio you are seeing is not really up with the nerve pain that you are experiencing, it can just stir things up. I think as others have said, a pain clinic would be more help for you because you would get all you need in one place.
It's amazing that the Prednisolone helped so much with your pain, but you are right, it's not a permanent solution.
Good luck. At least you are finding out what doesn't work!!!
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Sassy your core strengthening exercises are you doing them in a hydro pool, If they are causing pain I would say you are over doing the exercise or it is not right for your injury, it took me a long time with my physio to work out an exercise routine to strengthen my core muscles which did not cause any extra pain.
Contact dermatitis a real s**t now it all too well, mine started with petroleum products and now includes every day items like soap and body sprays, and in some ways medication as on hot days it comes out in the perspiration causing an outbreak in sensitive areas, I only use a cortisone cream and powder which has corn flour in to try and keep the area dry, it is only available at Indian Grocery stores.
Hi Sassy we get the heat before you, the big change this year is we now have the humidity to go with it, I lived in Vic for 14 years, Melbourne city I could not stand, it was either a giant wind tunnel in some streets or dry hot cocoons in others, I lived in Warrnambool and the water table is very close to the surface, so when it got hot it was also humid making it very uncomfortable and then you had the extreme opposite, cold wet and windy. Yes I have to use special body washes as well recommended from my skin specialist. I get this rash that covers my chest, that breaks out in little welts and weep and very itchy, every time I book in to have a biopsy done to try and find out what it is and the cause it clears up, I just wish I could walk in the door when it is there and have it done straight away. I also have food allergies, some of these either cause bowel problems or rashes so you can't win.
Sassy give my best to your husband and I hope he has a speedy recovery, people think 2 kilos isn't that heavy but depending on where you have had surgery that 2 kilos can feel like a ton and cause a lot of damage if you try to lift any heavier objects, so do tell him to be careful and do as instructed. I had similar restrictions, 2 kilos, no bending, twisting and no reaching above shoulder height for 4 months, that meant my wife helping washing and dressing me.
I reckon we all could put the Bureau of Meteorology to shame at predicting the weather, any little pressure change affects my pain levels, even more when it is a sudden change.