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I’m at week 5 of my latest bout of it. Niggly back pain became worse followed by tingly toes and nerve pain in calf and thigh. Went to bed, didn’t sleep due to spasms and cramps, got up in the morning to find no pain what so ever but a left leg that felt as though it didn’t belong. My foot was numb and I have no power to move it. I’m not going to lie, I laid in bed and lifted my left arm up in the air several times… I thought I’d had a stroke!

Doctors gave me naproxen and diazepam and referred me to physio. I’ve been seeing my chiro in the mean time. Which is helping. On advice of my chiro (who does suffer with her own back problems) I switched pain relief from naproxen to co codamol, which I find does help me better.

I’ve been doing gentle stretching exercises and trying to stay as mobile as I can. Stay square on to everything…tv, someone you are talking to, computer… become robotic if you can. Sleeping with a pillow between the knees helps if you lay on your side or under your knees if on your back. Try and keep your spine as straight as possible without tension. I’ve now been to physio where they did strength test to determine the amount of damage. There is significant weakness and I have an urgent MRI referral.

I’m in a better place than I was a few weeks ago. Mostly pain free other than a few aches through my hip but I am still unable to move my big toe and my foot doesn’t belong to me so walking is odd. The concentration it takes to know where your foot is going is immense! I no longer feel like I’m going to fall over and no longer roll my ankle.

Speak to doctors about physio and proper pain relief.