Disc herniation for 14 months now can't take no more

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Hi everyone , i've had L4/L5 disc herniation now for 14 months while i was in spain i slipped on some concrete steps fell straight onto my back im heavy also so it hurt very badly 14 months down the line and i cannot walk my whole spine and back has turned hunch back and when i walk my body is leaned to the right i can only walk for about 20 seconds until my leg and back start to hurt then i have to stop for about 15 second then continue i've been doing this for 14 months now and im sick of it im only 19 years old i've been going to the doctors since early october last year and since then all i've had is a epidurel injection, ive got an appointment with the hospital on the 28th and im praying its good news to tell me they will be operating and i will be pain free and walk perfectly with a smile on my face like all other people my age do i just cant take the pain no more ever since it happened my urnial movements have changed dramatically also i toss and turn so much in the night as im in pain who knew such a small disk could cause so much pain

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    Bless you i know you feel but keep the faith i prolapsed l4/5 and had a 2 level spinal fusion 3 march and im pain free and no longer hunched the pain was horrific so i know your suffering. Big hugs 
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    Hi mate

    I know how you feel as will many of the people who write on this forum. I've recently had a L5/s1 diseconomy (January)

    I have suffered with a prolapsed disk since the age of 18 (on and off) I am now 26. The pain was horrific I couldn't walk at all in times and didn't sleep at all, I had to knock myself out with a range of different pain killers.

    I felt surgery was the only option and thank god I went ahead with it, I've haven't felt this good in a long time I'm back to cycling and going to start playing football in the near future. You need to be positive and looked forward to getting your life back on track! A word of advice is to be over pushy with your doctor/specialist about getting yourself fixed.

    To keep the pain at bay I found physiotherapy worked wonders!! Also a tens machine was superb it is a MUST BUY.. If you haven't already got one that is. They are like £20!!

    I hope my story helps.

    Craig

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    I can't add any words of wisdom for you but I can offer words of sympathy.  I'm new to this and found it after feeling pretty hard done by but I read some of the posts and they mention the operations and procedures they have had and it seems to be that you and I are at the beginning and there is a whole host of experience to be had from the people on here.

    first I thought I had herniated one disc but that went to two when I saw the Gp and having seen the specialist today it's actually three.  Two are ruptured and I have a list of bits and bobs that goes along with the diagnosis but pain is pain whether it's one or three discs.

    i got the TENS machine - my new best friend.  I found it best to use it laying on the bed, mainly because it relieves the pain so much I go off to sleep!

    i use picnic ice packs and microwaveable hot packs and alternate them.  When I can't use these I use cold gel and heat patches.

    the hospital prescribed anti inflamatories which help enormously and I have a well padded anti gravity chair which I lay back in when everything aches.

    ive had various pain killers and it seems what works for one might not for another but I kept asking the gp until,something worked but on a bad day if all else fails I have a diazepam to help me sleep.

    another thing I was told was not to take the medication without food and the last thing I want to do is eat when I feel so poorly so I was told to take everything with milk and I also have a tablet that protects my tum.

    hope some or any of this helps you.  As I say I'm new to this but will try anything to see if it helps.

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    I sympathise with you. I ve only had the problem for 4 yrs but it has got worse. Im currently trying to avoid surgery so doing pilates and using a tens machine. some days are more painful than others.

    ​I only take cocoadamol but recently given gabapentin which im reluctant to take . I hope you get sorted out. Its true one small disc causing so much pain.  

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    Hi everyone thanks for the replys , i visted mr harland on the 28th and he told me exactly what i knew i was going to hear that i needed lumbar decompression surgery which they would shave the disc that is on my nerve and that it was a 95% success rate and that i would only stay in hospital overnight and most patients go back to there usual self within 4-6 weeks , it all sounded to good to be true until he started talking about how it could go wrong that i may be paralysed, could be infected, could be damaging to the spine and that it could be no help at all so im wondering has anyone ever had this type of surgery and couple months down the line is healthy and up and about again? i told him that i needed an mri again just in case the disc had moved or something as i've been to many massages and people who lets say thought they could put the disc back into place i dont know what you call them anyway so i asked him for an mri again as the last one was in october last year! these people are seriously useless my pain started in july sometime i went for an mri in october did physio for a bit in january/febuary an epidural in june and now im here anyways he said there was a waiting list and i would be seen in a few months and to just deal with it for now so thats what i lm going to do thanks for reading
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    Hi, i know this posting is over a year old, how are you now? That's if you're still on this forum. I just don't understand why you wasn't just taken in hospital ASAP and had you're operation, you're symptoms for such a young man were horrific!!

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