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Going into hospital this week for a second round of spinal injections. Last time it worked really well and I was something like 80-90% down on pain levels for about 9-10 months. I was advised that they now only use a local anaesthetic but they told me that last time and I still went out like a light :-).
I'm hoping this time round it will work as well as last time but I wonder if I should push for the full operation to clear the blockage / narrowing of the spinal canal that's causing the problem?
I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has had the full operation and, obviously, their outcome.
I suspect that my pain levels are probably not considered high enough for the operation but, even with self-assessed pain measuring 5-7 /10 and a gait like Stumpy in Rio Bravo, it's still causing mobility problems in everyday life. I would have thought that catching it early, i.e. before pain levels reach 10/10, would be a better use of the NHS's funds? Also less risk of nerves being permanently damaged?
I'm also suffering from mild arthritis in most joints and a specialist who reviewed my MRI results said I'd probably need my hips "doing" at some point :-( . He also said that they might do the spinal operation AND hip replacement at the same time!!
PS, I made this mistake of watching hip replacement surgery on YouTube.......
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