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Well after I wrote my post yesterday, I checked out what \"severe L4 compression\" means. If it is a disc problem then it is L3/L4. I know that the guy I saw yesterday wasn't a neurosurgeon (the muscleoskeletal consultant) and when he pointed out the \"bulge at L3/L4\" on the screen I thought at the time that it looked big for a bulge. Now it all makes sense.
To say I'm p***ed off is an understatement. Having had a microdiscectomy at L5/S1 and a discectomy at L4/L5 within 4 weeks, now to find out that in a few short weeks L3/L4 now has these problems is devastating. I know that I need to get the results formally from the new neurosurgeon, this year, next year, sometime never, to confirm and that the worse thing I can do is to torture myself being my own doctor, but I'm horrified. What happens now? Presumably surgery wouldn't just be another discectomy, there must be a limit to how many of those you can have?? Even if you could, what next?? Two months later and L2/L3 goes and they just work their way up my whole spine?? Maybe I could get a block booking for surgery every 4 months. Maybe they'll even let me have my favorite bed. I've already been in that hell hole three times. I'm guessing that if I have another op, next time it will be much bigger like Jess or Angela had. A while back I had new pain in my leg, but it was across my leg just above my knee and across the top of my ankle. I thought that whatever disc was affected the pain went down the leg, so I was a bit confused. But apparently the L4 nerve compression pain is distributed across the leg in these areas. I told the neurosurgeon when I saw her in February and I guess she must have known then what the problem was. All that I wanted was for her to tell me that my symptoms back then was just normal progression from the surgeries in December, but she didn't. I got sent for a new MRI and sent/being sent to three other Consultants too. Added to which all my muscles in my lower back, buttocks and thighs are so tight they are beyond normal physiotherapy exercises. It just gets better and better. I don't want electrotherapy or accupuncture. And now my whole leg is numb. At least with pain there is a good chance of recovery, there is virtually none with numbness. And it probably seems really selfish saying that, when others are suffering so much from pain. If the level of my numbness was replaced with the same level of pain, I wouldn't be able to work so I should be thankful, but right now it is hard to be thankful for anything. I'm still plagued with the PTSD symptoms relating to the CSF leak and how ill that made me.
My question I guess is \"does anybody know if you can have three discectomies, or what else is likely to be lined up for me?\" The fact that three discs have gone in succession in such a short period of time has got to be worse than it happening over say, ten years. I guess I'm just panicked. And the PTSD stuff doesn't help. The thought of more surgery scares the life out of me. I guess I can always say no and just live with what I have. Letting the so called experts near me, just seems to make things worse!!!
Oh well, that's my moan for today!! ave a good wekend everyone!!
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