"The Pain Managment Team"

About: University Hospital Of North Durham

I have degenerated discs, three of which I have seen from MRI scans, arthritis and medical notes detailing what is wrong with my spine that I do not understand. No one has explained to me what the Radiologist have said about the results from the MRI scans now or in the past. This weekend has been the worse in terms of debilitating pain. I have crashed in to side of a car because of the pain and today I collapsed as the most excruciating pain was felt in my right hip and I could no longer walk. This event has happened before in the last 12 months. A recent X Ray scan revealed minor degenerated changes in both hips joints with early cartilage loss 9th August 2013 16:06 I am only 45 years old not 60 or 70 but the pain makes feel older than I am. The NHS will not help me out of pain, instead they throw medicine at me to mask the issues. I imagine it comes down to costs, I wish I still had private medical cover because I know I would be being provided with the help to get me out of pain. Artificial discs, nerve ending injections and facet join injection can only help me now. The last Consultant I saw said I needed to STOP drinking lucozade, to loose weight and exercise. Here's my answers. I have lost a stone in weight, I only ever drank lucozade because at the time I was not eating and I am always active because I am a carer for my Wife who suffered a stroke in 2006 and I also look after/help my Mother In Law as she suffers with mental illness. Be gone physiotherapy because that wont work, be gone core strengthening because that wont work and be gone Consultants who fail to listen to what I have to say and throw me pain killers because they don't have any answers as to why I am in so much pain. My neck locks up from time to time because of three RTA'S, my thoracic problems are that I am constantly having to click them in to place as I feel they are collapsing and my lower back problems are the worse, feels like my nerves are trapped and my right hip feels weak but hey who cares NHS? I GUESS NOT YOU!! I wish I lived in the USA because I know I would be provided with an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan because unlike us in the UK they are not living in the dark ages when it comes to spine problems. I hope someone out there is reading this and acts before its too late either in the fact that I am considering taking my own life or I move to the USA and become heavily in debt but at least I know I will be ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY............

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Response from University Hospital Of North Durham

Thank you for providing feedback on your experience with the NHS in 2013. Unfortunately, at the time you shared your feedback, we were unable to respond. If you would like to discuss your previous comments please contact us. The Trust is grateful for all feedback, positive or negative, as it means we can better understand what is important to our patients. Thank you for leaving your comments on NHS Choices. Patient Experience Team County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Tel: 0800 7835774

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