About: Stoke Mandeville Hospital / Pain Management

(as the patient),

I was given the usual painkillers that did not help at all. They were restricted a bit as I can not take NSAIDS owing to other medication. I was then referred to a physiotherapist. No help there so I was given acupuncture. Weeks of waiting each time.

I was eventually referred to the pain clinic. I waited 16 weeks for this. At no time have I had a scan. I finally had a caudal epidural and an injection.

This has made it considerably worse! The GP put me on morphine to try and control the agonising pain which it did not. The dose has been increased but hardly helping. The side effects are most unpleasant.

I am now waiting another three months for my next appointment, living a life of agony.It is now just one week away from being one year since the start of the sciatica.

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Response from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

I am really sorry to hear about your experience, I will make sure that this is passed back to the teams involved.

If you haven't done already, please consider contacting our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). They will be able to look into this matter further for you if you would like. They are contactable on 01494 425882 or via email at PALS@buckshealthcare.nhs.uk.

Thank you for taking the time to post these comments.