Paul, I totally understand the need for relief with the pain. I will soon be 65 yrs old & have traveled the path of chronic pain half of my life. I believe you mentioned the dr giving you codeine for the pain. If there is a pinched nerve you will not have little relief with a narcotic, pain meds do not work for nerve pain.
These forums are full of individuals that live in countries where medical care is free which is great as long as you don't need to see a specialist or need any testing or treatment. What is the point of it if a person cannot get timely treatment, such as your situation? I do know some people are lucky enough to get the care needed & of course they marvel about how well the system works. The problem is they have never experienced what you are going through & millions of others, if they did they would not be happy. I will stop here & not get on my soapbox, discussing politics is against the forum rules, lol.
I hope you can come with something to see about getting relief. If you decide to go the chiropractic route out of the need to have help now, let me caution you about something. Generally when starting chiro care you hurt a good deal more in the first few visits. It seems to aggravate things & if that continues you know it is not helping & you need to stop.
Thanks so much for your post. Much appreciated the info you've given.
To be honest, the codeine does take the edge of the pain but thats it. Interesting that.
NHS is great if you're in need of URGENT help. Anything else and its poor.