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In October 2004, unbelievebly I sneezed and ended up on my knees in severe pain in front of my 8 year old son who was, at the time, getting ready for school. I will never forget the look on his wee face, I still feel guilty to this day even though I know it couldn't be helped. I am also a single mother which made things worse. I pretended I just pulled a muscle and when he went off to school I phoned my mother. She came out and as soon as she saw me phoned the doctor. I got an mri scan on july 2005 which had shown 2 prolapsed disc on left hand side. They offered surgery as I was still in severe pain with ciatica down both legs. I refused hoping the pain would ease off. The sciatica did but not the back pain. Then in march I sneezed again and it is thought up to three discs have prolapsed on the right hand side, I am awaiting mri scan for that. Neadless to say, I now have a phobia of sneezing.....lol. They have told me that they think it will be likely that I need surgery. I am absolutely petrified at the thought as I hate hospitals!!! I am so glad I have found this site as with this being an invisable pain and walking around like I have a pipe up my backside you do feel really alone. I would love to hear from people who have had surgery as I am still very reluctant to go for it, being a single mum I do feel gratefull I am still mobile(just!!) I am worried it goes wrong and I am left unable to walk at all.
Thanks for reading
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