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To cut a very long story short I have had chronic pain (sciatica from my left buttock and into my foot) for five years now. I have had seven flat MRI scans all of which show L5/S1 and L3/4 prolapses and DD with an anular tear but no nerve root impingement.
I have been hospitalised twice last year with foot drop and for urinary issues and have had nerve conduction tests that show damage to my sciatic nerve. I was on the maximum dose of Pregabalin and was pain free but have had to reduce my dose due to problems with working as a teacher heavily medicated and weight gain.
I am seriously considering a weigh-bearing scan as the only thing I can do to relieve the pain is to lay on my right-hand side for weeks on end which suggests to me that the disc is pushing onto the nerve when standing or sitting.
I am absolutely desperate now to prove that the disc is the problem, some consultants have said as much but without the MRI I cannont be a candidate for surgery. This is ruining my life and having such a negative impact on my family. Please give me your feedback, I will have to travel to Leeds and spend around £800 for the scan so I really could do with hearing from other people .
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