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Hi, I'm new to this group and I'm just hoping for some support and guidance really. In June 2016 I was knocked over, I was thrown into the air and was in almost a feotal position when I landed so my coccyx took the impact. I had an ambulance come out because I couldn't move due to the pain, they gave me gas and air and some ibuprofen and said that there would be no point taking me to the hospital as if I had fractured it there is nothing that can be done and to expect pain for 4-8 weeks while it heals. In September I started experiencing sever sciatica symptoms and was given diclofenac and omeprozole, I took this as instructed and it had no affect on my symptoms. The symptoms started with the shooting pains in my back down all the way down to my left leg, I visited the doctor on numerous occasions and have been given all types of medication, amitryptaline, co codomol, tramadol, diclofenac, diazepam etc and nothing is helping me. The symptoms started to change in the the shooting pains were less however I had sever weakness in my left leg so when I was walking my knee would buckle with every step. I soon realised I had no strength when I attempted to tip toe to reach something and just landed flat footed. Then I started having the tingling in my leg and saddle area and pains in my muscles. I saw a doctor again who carried out a full examination on my body and found that I had next to no reflexes in my left leg, loss of sensation and also very low rectal tone. She called A&E to advise that she was sending me down and I needed to be seen by the orthopaedic team asap. After going trough the same examination they carried out an MRI which showed my L4-5 disc was bulging impinging my left side L5 nerve roots. My L5-S1 was also bulging with disc extrusion also compressing mainly the left side nerve root however also on the right side. I was told I would need an operation and that the orthopaedic surgeon would consult with the operating hospital to 'categorise' my situation. I was then referred to a muscular skeletal clinic who advised me I would not be having the toleration and they hoped it would heal itself, to continue with medication, he said it will be a long maybe 2 years for me. Up until the last couple of months I had not felt any pain in my right side however I am now experiencing the shooting pains, my entire right leg is continuously tingling and from my knee down on my left leg. I also have a lot of discomfort around my bum and front, I'm having difficulty sleeping and I'm at my wits end with this now. I'm a 25 year old female, live on my own and work full time, my work requires me to sit all day which I cannot physically do and this is having a major impact on my mental health which I have been suffering with for about 2.5 years now and already taking anti depressants. I've stopped taking all of my medication as I could still feel my back pain but it was also causing me problems with my bowels in that I went from being long term constipated to very very loose, if the meds weren't helping my back it seemed pointless to give myself another problem. My life is currently in the hands of the NHS and it kills me to know that I may be left like this, I am scared. I have an appointment this week to hand in a letter to discuss getting a second opinion and have also made an appointment to see the doctor that referred me the first time as she was the only one that has taken this seriously. I apologise for the long post, sad as it is it's nice to know other people suffer too. I'm worryingly low about this and any information or advice any of you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading! Emma
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