First things first, do not listen to your GP. Pain is not in your head and never will be, that is an outdated philosophy. Sure there are cases where mind over matter can lessen pain but if there are clinical reasons that can be causing pain then this is a ridiculous thing for any GP to say. If this is the same doctor that prescribed all those pain meds I am surprised. If they don't think there is anything wrong with your back, what then??
Have you seen a neurosurgeon, not a nuerologist? A surgeon will be able to look at your MRIs, or if you haven't had any, they will get some to see what the issue is. Bulging discs can indeed cause pain and neurological symptoms and surgery can and does work. My single disc fusion was an instant success and 4 months later I feel almost normal and am on no pain meds whatsoever. Not everyone is the same but technology has improved so much in the last decade that surely outcomes have to be better than what fuddy duddy GPs still think they are.
Chin up, this is your body, not the doctors. If you aren't getting satisfaction from them, go and see someone who will believe you and make an effort to get you the help that will ease the discomfort.
Just my 2cents worth....
BTW, Lyrica did nothing for me but make me gain weight...nothing for pain but plenty for head fog and memory issues.
Thanks for your reply.
I did see an Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon who said my MRS's were the most normal he has seen in 6 months and there was definitely no surgical solution. He said that it could be a case of where the body has healed but pain messages still get sent - like my nervous system is messed up. But he also said the pain should go away, 'I just have to let it' (his words). It's like as soon as I mention I suffer anxiety, I feel people don't take me as seriously. Maybe it makes it hard when they can't see anything wrong with me. I wanted to get an MRI of my lumbar spine done again but with a different radiologist company but my GP and pain specialist said there is no point.
Do you think I should ask a different doctor for a neurosurgeon referral?
I'm going to see my kids walk down the isle one day.
I got the email and thanks for the info. So it seems the best thing for you to do would be t o look for another GP who might be able to assist you. I think that maybe some of our Banana Bender members might be able to send you a private message to get your whereabouts, because some of them may know of a good doctor in your area.
I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)
So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)