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jackieann3
jackieann3 Community member Posts: 80 Courageous
Hello just an update as I said I would lett a few people know,I had my appointment and was told I have arthritis of the lower back and degeneration which is a bit extreme for my age he said ,not what I wanted to hear but I'm not surprised as I thought it was something like that because it wasn't getting better and had it for so long, they have started me on calcium and vitamin d and some physio, I've been very depressed and down as I know its something that won't go away and the pain is just as bad so not been able to do a lot of the excersises so I don't know what to do really just really fed up, I go back to see the doctor end of November, I've also been referred to have some help dealing with the mental side of the pain so hope that helps , sorry to sound so down as I know a lot of you have suffered for years with pain but I don't know how I can put up with it I may need to see about other meds x

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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,759 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @jackieann3 thankyou for the update. I know its not the news you wanted, but now you have a diagnosis you can plan on going faward. It's great your getting support for your mental health. When you see gp you need to see if he can help with the pain relief and may be anti inflammatory meds.
    It's good you are booked in. I suffer with my spine I find a hot water bottle on the area helps but you will need to see what helps you.
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,162 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @jackieann3 - I'd suggest just start slowly with those exercises you can do, doing a little & often. You're right, both the physical & mental aspects of pain need to be considered.
    Here's a good resource to look into in the meanwhile called Ten Footsteps: http://resources.livewellwithpain.co.uk/ten-footsteps/well-done/

  • jackieann3
    jackieann3 Community member Posts: 80 Courageous
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    Thank you all for your replies I've had no notifications for these posts not sure why so sorry for late replying, I only see these because I not long come back on here to have a look,also I just replied to 1 person but I cant seem to reply to the others there's nothing at the bottom of the messages except the 1 I replied to ,I must be doing g something wrong,anyway all.your posts are very helpful and it's nice to know I'm not alone and your always there to help me, I haven't tried that many painkillers from the doctor everything  I try don't agree with me and have to stop them ,but do need to sort out some pain management I don't think I take my tablets right,I take paracetamol and ibuprofen every day but I don't think I take them regularly enough and think that I should be because I try to go as long as I can because they upset my stomach and I worry what there doing  to my I sides ,sometimes they help but sometimes they don't do anything, but I'm just beginning on this journey and had my first msk appointment so there's more I need to try and find out about , thank you all again for your help ,I'm going to have a look to see why I'm not getting any notifications for these posts never happened before x
  • jackieann3
    jackieann3 Community member Posts: 80 Courageous
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    Oh thank you for letting me know x
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,162 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2022
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    Hi @jackieann3 - so many things can help, & medications may help to at least dampen down your pain. Some of us are very sensitive to them, myself included, but please let your Dr know if they're upsetting your stomach as perhaps there are others you can try.
    It often seems to be a combination of things that can help, heat, as mentioned, & also try this way of breathing, which is mentioned in the Ten Footsteps, as unfortunately they don't give a link as to how to do this: https://www.nbt.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/attachments/Diaphragmatic Breathing.pdf
    As you will see, this also helps with pain.
    Please let us all know how you get on.

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