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    Lower back pain relief, usual meds not working

    So, took my Autistic son out last Sunday morning and ended up spending a fair bit of time time sitting on a really low seat, no support to help with getting up and down and in the end he had to help me as I simply couldn't get up off it!.

    Been getting increasing lower back pain throughout the week and now feeling the full consequences. I'm unable to get into the car but not too bad sitting down on a higher chair, getting back up is incredibly painful.

    So far the usual meds haven't worked at all, 4 Tramadol, 4 Codeine and 15ml of Oramorph over the last 9hrs. Tried heat cream and a hot water bottle but no relief, my lower back at the base of my spine feels warm/hot.

    Any suggestions on what to try next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phaedra View Post
    So, took my Autistic son out last Sunday morning and ended up spending a fair bit of time time sitting on a really low seat, no support to help with getting up and down and in the end he had to help me as I simply couldn't get up off it!.

    Been getting increasing lower back pain throughout the week and now feeling the full consequences. I'm unable to get into the car but not too bad sitting down on a higher chair, getting back up is incredibly painful.

    So far the usual meds haven't worked at all, 4 Tramadol, 4 Codeine and 15ml of Oramorph over the last 9hrs. Tried heat cream and a hot water bottle but no relief, my lower back at the base of my spine feels warm/hot.

    Any suggestions on what to try next?
    Hi. I suffer from lower back pain but not as bad as you have. I was given a morphine patch which lasts 1week. I've also spent a fortune on herbal remedies but they had no effect. Perhaps they might help you.

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    Sympathies, my back went on monday and its taken 5 days and load of Cocodamol to get it half way right. I'd say A&E if its that bad! Longterm, try acupuncture? massage?

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    Coccyx damage hurts, try the coccyx.org website for what works, it helped me to work out that I'd catastrophically damaged mine somehow (90% dislocated 1999, removed 2012).

    I never found any drugs worked adequately, they just added in all the side effects of taking them.

    A decent coccyx cushion helped a bit, but most of the ones you see on e-bay are hopeless as they squash too much. I made my own by carving a "U" out of the back of a normal seat squab then putting it back in the cover. I also have a wheelchair cushion with the cut-out, 4" thick cushion, works quite well.

    Leaning forwards whilst sat down helped a bit, you could try a back-to-front chair.

    Sitting down using two chairs with a 3" gap between them worked really well, one cheek on each chair.

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    As a fellow back pain sufferer it can cause you to completely lock up.

    Drugs don't help. In my case my lumber region discs are degenerating and I had a lumber scan arranged through my doctor. I'm now taking a combined mint flavoured tablet twice a day that contains vitamin C and D to help rebuild bone.

    Try to organise a visit to your pain clinic who might trial . . .]
    - traction
    - steroid injections in your back muscles to relax them
    - pain killing cortisone injections between your backbone joints
    - buy yourself a cheap 'tens' machine from the chemist

    You might find a neuropathic pain killing drug such as Gabapentin alleviates some pain via doctor.

    Strange as it may seem keeping active will help too. Try gentle swimming or inclusive cycling for a bit of fun, socialising and exercise. and pain relief too!

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    Thanks for the replies, I've been otherwise occupied having the new wet-room installed, only 3 more weeks and my housing association will be here to rip out and replace about 1/3 of our floors due to water damage from the previous leaky bathroom

    The back pain has settled to a lower and manageable level, I have an exercise bike which I've tried to use a couple of times a week, only for 15mins at a time but I think it's done me a bit of good!. I think my biggest worry was that my mum had really bad osteoporosis in her later years and as it's genetic I may have had it passed on to me.

    Apart from that it's been a strange week, lost part of a tooth that's waiting for a root canal, that settled back down and a chunk came off the back of one of my front teeth yesterday, I've now got a very sharp gap. Luckily I rang my dentist when the first one went and I'm in at 9:15 tomorrow morning.

    And just to top it off, I was attempting to paint my sons room while we have everything stripped out ready for them to replace his floor and he asked when I hit my leg? (I had shorts on) on the back of my left knee a lovely 4" bruise has appeared!, no idea why, I've not fallen on it, banged it or anything else, weird!!.

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    I have had two spinal fusions, have severe scoliosis. Last couple of years lower back pain has increased, huge problems getting out of bed and walking. Been on codeine, tramadol, injections. Saw pain consultant couple of months back, she suggested trying Tapentadol. Looked up and read about them first, bit worried as I really didn't want to go on a stronger med. Been on them two weeks, amazing, had forgot what it was like to live without pain. I used to dread waking up knowing I would struggle to move, I am up and dressed in an hour, used to take me forever.

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    As mentioned I have acute back pain when moving. It's like trying to act normal when someone has stabbed you in the back with a 5 inch dagger and twisted it. No pain killers can touch that sort of pain.

    In two days time the Commuity Nuero Physios are visiting my home to give advice on how to manage pain- I'll let you know what happens!

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    I ended up at my GP's again a week ago Thursday, she diagnosed osteo arthritis had gotten into my Facet joints at the base of the spine so more Oramorph

    By Saturday it was so bad I called 111 and they sent an ambulance out, after assessing me for about 10mins they went outside, after 30mins one of them came back to update me, they were waiting for a call back from a doctor to advise them what to do!.

    An hour after they arrived they told me I had to go to the urgent care section of A&E, couldn't take me though, had to make my own way which was almost funny as I could barely stand never mind walk!.

    Ended up getting an accessible taxi, very painful drive!. Doctor took a look gave me a few prods etc. and said he thought it wasn't OA at all but muscle spasms and gave me some Diazepam (Valium) to take with the Tramadol and Oramorph!.

    So back home, big load of meds and into bed for 2 hours, woke up still in pain, went to the loo, tried to bend down and a massive pain shot right down the back of both legs, my son helped me back to bed, woke up about 3 hours later and the back pain had decreased a lot

    Bad news is I now have pain from both hip joints going down the back of my legs, it's nowhere near as bad as the back pain was so at least I'm up and managing to get around
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    i have just joined the pain thread, i suffered some pain last wednesday sent to hospital who did a blood test then sent me home with nothing!

    got to Thursday night and the pain went through the roof, constant abdomen pain and then suffered the worst night ever all the way through till this morning, my pain meds totally failed.

    i went to out of hours which was a painful journey, urine dipped and yet another uti, at least now on medication and stronger pain relief but still very sore and am dreading going to bed

    phaedra so sorry you are still going through this and i can only feel for what you are going through, 2 in the poorly corner. (i am on a recall for the hospital just hope the phone doesn't ring as i will never get there)

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