It started 60 years ago with my First baby - the backache.
I was told to take paracetamol and assured it would go away again after the baby was born.
It got worse after the second baby.
That was in 1960s before the 'pill' was easily obtainable.
After an xray in 1975 (no scans available then) I had an operation and the pain got worse.
I was told to live with it. So I have, for 60+ years and I'm fed up with it.
Then last year I fell and broke my back and was told at my ago (80s) it wasn't uncommon and was probably due to osteoporosis - is that the right word - brittle bones. I asked for a scan but was told it was unnecessary at my age as it would only prove what 'we already know'.
I was given morphine which really helped but the pain never really goes.
As I've aged I have developed arthritis in my feet, knees, shoulders and neck and wake up at around 3am aching all over, getting out of bed in the morning is a painful business taking several minutes. I am in pain all day.
Finally I asked my GP (over the phone) for a referral to the Pain Management clinic.
Yesterday they phoned and said they'd arranged a lumbar nerve block(?) in a fortnight.
I cannot think this is right! I've seen no-one face to face, I've had no recent xray, never had any scans CT or MRI - and they're proposing to go in there with a needle!!! for a procedure which may or may not work.
I don't think I want to go ahead with this - am I being stupid?
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