Re: diclofenac - lower back pain
Hi there in England,
I'm in the Southern part of the United States. Sorry you are having to suffer for so much time. Has your GP not referred you to either a neuro or ortho spine specialist? What specifically does the GP say the problem is as a result of the accident? Answers to those and perhaps diagnostic tests done and the results can better help people with suggestions, based on what they have gone through.
If you don't have to be referred by the GP, you might consider setting an appointment to see a spine speciaist on your own. You are right that after a time, some meds loose their effectiveness as you build up tolerance. However, if there is a compressed nerve, it can continue to give you problems unless the compression is released, and when you say for some time, what is that? Truly, depending on how badly the compression is and how long it remains compressed will have an impact on the chances for the nerve to recovery. The longer one goes, the chances can drop, as you may notice from posts that I've made.
As far as medications I don't know what all you have tried. I currently use Ultram, which there is also Ultracet which uses less of the active ingredient and is mixed with tylenol. The Ultracet didn't work for me, but for those it helps, the impact is suppose to be the same as the Ultram. I use it because it doesn't run the greater risk of addiction that say percocet or some other meds may have. I also use prescription Lododerm 5 percent patches which I can place directly on the spot. You wear them 12 hrs and then off 12, but get about 24 hrs relief. As with all meds, some work better for one than for others, but these two meds let me function and I underwent a 10 level fusion of my spine in December. You may wish to speak with your doctor and see if one of these medications might be something they would consider for you.
I do hope you get some relief in the near future. Don't hesitate to let us know how you are doing and any progress you make in your condition.