Firstly - apologies for the lengthy post. 🙈
I’m a 53 year old woman who until the last year kept really active doing lots of cycling, hiking, swimming and even dabbled in triathlon for a bit in my late 40s. Had pain for a while which has got progressively worse and I’ve been trying to get a diagnosis since July.
Xray showed severe facet joint degeneration L3 down and waiting to see consultant next week to discuss MRI results. I did request a copy of my MRI report which was emailed to me and doesn’t appear to show anything additional although I can’t interpret it and don’t even know if it shows degeneration 🤷♀️.
However that’s not the reason for my confusion as I’ll just wait to see him next week and he can explain everything to me.
What’s has left me confused and reeling a little is that I finally saw an NHS physio today - and basically was told that I don’t really have a bad back and that I should stop taking the painkillers (only been taking paracetamol and ibuprofen occasionally as well as cocodamol when absolutely necessary as don’t want to go for anything stronger until I know what’s what). He told me to do some stretches - same ones I’d already found on the internet and have been doing for months but apparently if I do them then I should be fine in 4 weeks. What gives?!. He also said that due to my age and the fact I’ve been active it means I’ve put strain on my body and I need to accept that I can’t do what I did as I’m getting old now. He said he’s much younger than me and even he has pain from injury sustained when he played football. He’s didn’t offer me any further appointments but think I’m thankful for that. Tbh I’ve come away feeling lost again and not really sure how I feel. I almost feel like I wasted his time and I tried to convey that today is a good day pain wise but often - twice this past week - I end up curled in a ball in child’s pose on the floor in tears trying to relive the pain. Maybe I am making a mountain out of a molehill and just need to buck up but I can’t escape the fact that I’m in pain every single day to varying degrees and suddenly I’ve gone from swimming 50 lengths, mountain biking, hiking in the Peak District, bike packing and wild camping etc etc and now I can barely walk around the block some days.
I think this post is purely so I can rant but do others have experience of this dismissive attitude?
Thankfully I’m fortunately enough to be able to pay for private physio and she’s been brilliant so I’ll keep going to her but I really feel for those who don’t have that option if this is the kind of attitude they come up against in the NHS.
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