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Work is a Pain in the Back

PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:04 pm
by inc
Although I am on the bottom rung at work, I have a lot of potential to develop a career out of it as I have started to do. I don't want to give it up.

Problem is, for the past 6 months I have had the worst back ache from sitting all day at my desk and it turns out, my spine isn't quite right and I will have to spend lots of money on a chiropractor. I'm only 22 so I am worried that I've developed this so young- what will it be like when I get older? Will I be able to continue in my line of work? I don't even know if the chriopractor can sort it. I had to use what little money I have on getting a diagnosis and I never seem to have money.

All I seem to do is work as I am studying too and now my friends are getting funny with me as I never have the time or money to do anything or go anywhere. I have to work and I want to do well, but this whole back thing is making my future uncertain. I'm so miserable... I feel like a tired moany old lady all the time... :(

Re: Work is a Pain in the Back

PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 2:33 pm
by snail
Can't you get help on the NHS for your back problems? Have you asked your GP?

With your friends, can you explain the situation to them? Perhaps you could do quite cheap things that don't impinge on your day like inviting them round to watch a film in the evening.

Re: Work is a Pain in the Back

PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:51 pm
by inc
Yes I have been to the GP and they only prescribe pain killers. The NHS don't deal with back problems as a rule unless it's an operable problem. This annoys me. It's hardly like I fancy a bit of plastic surgery or anything.

I don't think there's much I can do to change my situation. I'll just ahve to lump it. Thanks for listening to my moan!

Re: Work is a Pain in the Back

PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:02 pm
by peecee
Yes, doctors these days seem to like the easy option. :-? What is the problem with your back, sweet pea?

I saw a chiropractor about my back a few years ago, at my own expense. She explained to me what was going on, made me realise I wasn't the only person on the planet with the problem, and gave me some exercises; I do them even now when I feel the first twinges. They really do help, and you shouldn't have to spend a fortune to feel better.

Ok, that's just one prong; massage is another, because a good masseuse will know which muscles to pummel to achieve the best results, that helps a lot too.

tbh, on the one hand, I think the friend situation is much less important than sorting your health out. While I was seeing a back specialist (don't start me on that! :evil: ) I met lots of people in the waiting room who told me their friends didn't understand the ongoing pain and uncertainty which ws on their minds all the time; I also met a couple of hubbies and wives who understood that the only available pain relief was a big glass of wine or cider!

On the other hand, I know that you get so caught up in the "what if" of your health problems, that even when you feel well, your mind is whirring about your back problems, and you forget to catch up with the friends who could take your mind off it all.

If I were you, I would nag your GP for a definitive answer. Even if they don't believe in chiropractors, they should send you to a physiotherapist who would perform many of the same moves, and advise you on back care. Don't give up just yet, petal! :D


Re: Work is a Pain in the Back

PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:07 pm
by dipsydoodlenoodle
You can also get things to add to your chair to make your back more comfortable. You should try one of those and see if helps.

Also keep going to the doctors; I have bad wrists; I've been on lots of pain killers and anti inflamitory tablets; the trouble is they HAVE to try these options first before refering you. The last step for me being referred further was I was given some of the strongest pain killers to help with the pain (I'd tried loads before) and they made me really ill; so they didn't want to chance anything else, so I was referred to the hospital (you'd probably be referred for physio).

Re: Work is a Pain in the Back

PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:55 pm
by inc
The problem with my back is that my spine around my neck and lower back has been twisted slightly (probably from heavy shoulder bags from when I was in my teens) and is not symmetrical. As a result, I get upper back, shoulder and neck pain. I'm hoping it can be sorted but it'll be costly. The chiropractor was a relief in that they listened and actually LOOKED at me, unlike the many doctors I've seen! :evil: I'm due to get the results of their assessment next week.

I've tried lots of things with my chair at work with little success. Although it is a good chair, I can't escape the fact that my back's the problem. I may persue the doctor for physio once I've seen how the chiropractor goes.

I guess moaning about my back just makes me feel better, but I'm also aware it doesn't make the best conversation! I just hate that this medical problem has the potential to change me life and there's not much I can do about it... :(

Thanks for your advice and support by the way!

Re: Work is a Pain in the Back

PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:42 pm
by Bel Bel
I have scoliosis of the spine in two directions so I know exactly how you feel
I don't want to put you off a chiropractor if they are helping you but I went to on for years with little benefit and then changed to an osteopath. This helps me more because I was actually getting muscle problems as a result of holding myself in awkward postures.
I agree however if you keep going to teh doctor you should be able to see a physiotherapist who can do much the smae as the chiro or osteo.
Tell the doctor how much it is interfering with your life. If one doctor doesn't seem helpful go back to a different one.

Re: Work is a Pain in the Back

PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:51 pm
by merlin32
Hi there
I agree that you should go back to your GP and keep nagging them-it is not acceptable for them to say that they don't deal with low back pain unless it involves surgery. Low back pain is increasingly common, and requires a holistic approach. There are several treatments recommended under Government guidelines, manual therapy, exercise, acupuncture and back pain classes. There are, as previously stated, different healthcare professionals who deal with back pain, chiros, osteopaths and physiotherapists. Who you go to is up to you, there is no right or wrong person, however they do have different approaches and can be expensive depending on the individual clinician. I would advise researching each type, and look into availability of services on the NHS to save the bank balance!
In addition, could you also approach your employer for an ergonomic assessment of your workstation?
Hope all goes well-don't be fobbed off!