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HI there ,
Ive just discovered this site and its been a huge relief to read of others stories re disc prolapses and sciatic problems. Somehow it makes my own story have more validity and I feel like "thank god" someone knows what its like at last ! People in general have absolutely no idea just how dibilitating this condition is, nor do they realise the impact it has on loved ones trying to support and care for the sufferer.
My story is im caring for my husband who has been diagnosed with 2 prolapsed discs in his back L4&L5 , its happened as the result of a work injury and hes been sick for the last 5 months.
Ive witnessed this big strong man cry and writhe around in agony from the pain , hes aged about 20 years in the last few months . Finally after months of waiting hes had an MRI , initially he was treated vis his GP with the usual NSAIDS and painkillers, there hasnt been much relief and he isnt a great deal better to be honest. After extensive physiotherapy ( which has made no difference whatsoever, apart from a slight relief following some traction for about an hour afterwards ! ), we are ow at the stage of discussing the next treatment plan.
Im here to read of other peoples experience as its looking very likely hes going to need the surgery to correct the prolapses , and theres also been some nerve damage and bone wearing .
I guess my purpose for posting is really looking for some support , its been very stressful caring for him and having to do everything around the place for months now. Im tired , worried and feel angry for him that hes had to go thru this for such a long time. To see someone you love in such pain is heartbreaking and I feel so so helpless. All I can do is what I am doing but I tell you its taking its toll. Thank god for here , and for me to be able to actually read stories of positive outcomes. In comparison to others here its been a relatively short time , but that doesnt help in the grand scheme of things for us here !
I remain as positive as I can be and hope he gets some positive treatment soon.
We are due to see the Physio tomorrow to discuss treatment options , Im hoping its going to be a good outcome and we know more. In the meantime im going to keep reading and find some solace in this site and the support it gives to carers like me who dont quite know what to do but what we're doing at the moment if that makes sense!
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