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I had surgery back in 2013 for L4 and L5 disc bulges. I had been suffering for weeks in constant pain, not sleeping or even walking properly. Doctor still wouldn't send me for a scan, instead he said I needed physio. Problem was I then had to wait longer as it was very busy. 4 weeks later I went to the physio and he told me to go to the hospital as he said I wasn't right. When I got there they gave me stronger pain killers, I was then told to go back to my docs to get an emergency MRI scan.
When I saw my doctor he rang and made the appointment and I went....2 days later I got a phone call from my doctor to say he needed to see me right away. He call round and then told me I needed surgery on my back. He gave me a number to ring with a security and password, when I got through that said I would get my appointment in the post. 4 week later I got my appointment and it was for 2 months time. I thought I can't carry on like this, no sleep in constant pain. It got so bad I lost the use of my right foot, I was also numb round my bump and privates. So rang docs again this time I was told he was on a 2 week break, so I told the receptionist what was happening and pass me through to another doctor how told me to go to the hospital right away. From there is was rushed over to Walton Centre where I had surgery on the 2 discs. After the surgery I was a lot better I got the use of my foot and the leg pain had gone, still had pain in my back which was normal after major surgery. I was of work for 3 months, but my job was very physical with lots of lifting involved.
I returned to work and only lasted 7 months I now I'm off again. I've got a numbness in my right leg and foot and sometimes can't move my foot. I get a stabing pain in my lower back plus I get very frequent trunk shifts (spasms) too. I've had another MRI scan and I've got more disc bulges. It's been a nightmere for me and my family. Again my doctor just said I needed physio, I asked why a can't go back to the Walton Centre. He said no you need physio, so I went. He just gave me a cause of acupuncture which lasted 8 weeks and did nothing. In the end he said I needed to go back to the surgeon how did the op. So I went back to my docs and he sent me to see a different consultant at a different hospital. He told me I have to live with it and to do yoga. I asked about my job, he just said I should be fine.
My point is I'm living with the constant pain and numbness and wake at night due to my right leg.
I feel know one wants to help and very frustrating as I'm still getting trunk shifts and I'm just told to get on with it. My work have stopped paying me my life is upside down and don't know what to do. I just manage my day to day tasks. Finally going back to Walton Neurosurgery to see another consultant and hoping he can help, I've lost so much. I'm 48 years young and 11 stone and 5' 7" so I'm not over weight. Sorry if I'm going on.
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