"No quality of life"
About: General Practices in Grampian General Practices in Grampian Jubilee Hospital Jubilee Hospital Huntly AB54 8EX Woodend General Hospital / Elective Orthopaedics Woodend General Hospital Elective Orthopaedics AB15 6XS
Posted by No Life (as ),
Back in the first week of July 2015, I hurt my back, being outdoorsy and sporty I knew to rest for a few days then to gently move to ensure optimum improvement. Being a type 2 diabetic I'm aware that lack of sleep/pain/pain medication etc can have an adverse effect on my blood sugars. After approx 4 weeks of quite debilitating pain it seemed that things were getting better, then I woke up one morning with sharp pains and no movement in my ankle or foot.
I went straight to my local GP who referred me to physio and gave me appropriate pain relief. I saw a wonderful physio in Inverurie who saw me weekly, then fortnightly then monthly, with some improvement in mobility but nothing else. I must have been her worst patient ever as I had no patience with this problem, I should be getting better quicker I claimed, I can't ride my horse, walk my dog, I'm an invalid I exclaimed to her repeatedly. By November 2015 with still no real improvement I was sent to the HUB in Huntly, met a nice woman there who said I needed to get an MRI, and she would arrange an appointment, should take about 4 wks but with Christmas looming perhaps a little longer.
I received a call from the mobile scanning department with a cancellation appointment for Sunday 13th December, I attended this appointment an was told that the HUB would be in contact within a week or so to discuss my results. By mid January 2016 I went to see my GP to ask why I had heard nothing back from my MRI, my GP checked and the results were on file and that he would write to the HUB to find out what was the next move as in his opinion he joked it looked like a Black & Decker job, my nerve was trapped by part of my spine.
I waited to hear from the HUB, but alas I was not involved with any discussion about my treatment, until I received an appointment on early Feb inviting me to attend Woodend Hospital for 'Nerve Root Infiltration' towards the end of Feb. I was terrified by this letter and the accompanying leaflet, describing injections of steroids and local anaesthetic for 'pain relief' side effects include 'altered mood, difficulty sleeping and altered blood sugars' I was so scared by the lack of information and the fact that now 7 months after my initial injury all I'm being offered is pain relief. I went to my local GP today to voice my concerns and was advised to discuss my case on this forum and to go to the appointment at Woodend but to ensure I was fully satisfied with what was said before accepting injections. I am scared and disappointed at being excluded from discussions relating to my case, but more to the point why am I not being offered an end to my disability, for 7 months I have had no quality of life, this is just horrifying, in the 21st Century why am I being treated like I don't matter?