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 feel 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, it 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.
have just been prescribed Gabapentin 300mg three times a day, having seen some of the side effects I'm having second thoughts.
Anyone been prescribed these for pain, did they help?