Medical Q&As

Back pain

I am a man aged 47 and suffer from chronic back pain, which I have 24 hours a day. I have been diagnosed as having degenerated discs in the small of the back. I have continuous pain in the small of the back with shooting pain down the left leg and pins and needles in my feet and hands. I am unable to get any relief from the pain and would welcome suggestions as to how I might be able to ease the pain. I am unable to take too many painkillers owing to a stomach problem. I have continuous pain in the small of the back with shooting pain down the left leg and pins and needles in my feet and hands. I am unable to get any relief from the pain and would wwecome suggestions as to how I might be able to ease the pain. I am unable to take too many painkillers owing to a stomach problem

The symptoms you describe suggest that some of nerves in your lower back may be “pinched” due to the disc degeneration. I think you need to be comprehensively assessed because I don’t believe that pills alone will solve your problem. Your plight sounds miserable because 24-hour pain can be extremely debilitating. You should discuss with your doctor the possibility of seeing a rheumatologist and possibly a specialist in pain control. Physiotherapy may also be of benefit to you.