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About 5 months ago I started getting pain in my right leg wherever I would walk for >10 minutes or do some jogging. Over a period of several weeks it started to get worse, the pain would occur more frequently and be more painful. I first saw the doctor about 3 months ago and he suspected a slipped disc / DDD, he recommended we give it some time and re-visited the situation 4 weeks later.
By that point the pain got worse so about 2 months ago I had an MRI which confirmed that I had a slipped disc L1 and pressing against the nerves.
What I find really strange about my condition is that walking, jogging, standing for long periods, as well as sitting at my desk working on my computer can trigger incredible pain. However other activities eg. washing the car only triggers mild discomfort!
I spoke to a specialist doctor and he recommended we try steroid injections but he told me he was fairly certain that given my scan and symptoms, primarily that the duration over which I have these issues and how it limits simple things like commuting that I am likely to require surgery to cut away the part of the disc that has slipped out of place.
I wanted some advice on two aspects of this:
1. Regarding whether injections followed by surgery is the best route? I was told I will be out of action for a number of weeks post op, unable to work and may struggle with caring for my two young kids. Should I explore other treatments?
Pre-treatment Work and Meds
2. While I wait for treatment I find that I struggle to concentrate on work. I have a desk job in central London and I have already stopped commuting as that is too painful. The standing and walking for long periods is too much. The situation now is that even working from home sitting at my home desk I get very uncomfortable and can't concentrate. I have had someone setup my desk and give me advice but sitting at the laptop for 1-2 hours causes pain. The doctor has prescribed zapain 2x 30mg tablets every 6 hours but they only seem to take the edge off for a couple of hours. So on a good day I can work for a couple of hours, have tablets that'll get me through to lunch and then I am struggling for the rest of the day. I can't be sure but I think the drugs are making me feel when I take these meds but can't be certain.
Are zapain tablets effective for most people? Is it normal for these drugs not to take the pain away totally? Do others feel drowsy/sluggish with these tablets?
Regarding work , I am doing my best to carry on and deliver on my responsibilities but its getting much harder. I am almost at a point where I want to ask my doctor to give me a week at home off work to rest up but not sure if this generally acceptable.
It's been a while having this issue and can't help but feel low about the situation. any help would be appreciated.
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