It was at the beginning of August that I finally relented and spoke to the doctor about my bad back. I do tend to suffer with things until they get so bad that I have no option but to seek help. I had a telephone consultation and the doctor thought I was suffering with Sciatica which I tend to agree with as I have a terrible pain shooting from my back down my left leg. The doctor referred me for physiotherapy but warned it could be a long time until I got an appointment.
I didn't mind waiting as the pain I was suffering with in my back had abated. I finally had a telephone consultation with a physiotherapist on the 21st of October, not as long a wait as I was expecting, and was given some exercises to help strengthen my back. By pure coincidence, I'd had some twinges again the day before the appointment but they were only twinges and nothing bad.
There's sheets of exercises which the physiotherapist recommended so I got straight on with them. He said it was important to keep up with them daily so that's what I've been doing, however, the twinges I was having in my back were getting worse. Last week, my back was so bad again that there was no way I could keep up with the exercises, in fact, I couldn't do very much at all. I don't think it's the exercises which have aggravated my back as I'd had those twinges the day before I had my appointment, I think it's just one of those things.
I'm pleased to say that my back feels a lot better again this week so I'm back on with the exercises and I'm trying to do more than I was doing last week too. I do feel better if I sit and rest but I know this won't help me in the long run.
I'm hoping that in time, the exercises will help strengthen my back and will prevent these bouts of pain. We'll just have to wait and see.