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My history is that since being hospitalised in 2007 with paralysis from disc protrusion in L3/L4 and L5/S1 I have had ongoing pain with periods of being totally dibillitated.
I have just returned from an appointment with my orthapeadic consultant to recieve my MRI results. The results are showing L3/L4 disc protusion indenting the theical sac and narrowing the right lateral recess and there is a reduction in CSF seen around the cauda equine. L4/L5 disc has a broad-based central protrusion causing bilateral recess narrowing. L5/S1 there is a large disc extrusion indenting the thecal sac resulting in significant canal stenosis and the impinging on the right S1 nerve root. I have typed this from the MRI report! I am recovering from a period of 3 weeks of being practically bedridden. My back went again at the beginning of March - I was cripled with the pain and my my left leg became extremely weak with patches of numbness, my left foot is half numb. I have really bad pain running down my left leg also (sciatica). This is just one of many set backs that I have had! I have just been issued with a blue badge for parking as walking long distances is becoming more and more difficult and I often require crutches. I have been taking Tramadol and Diclofenac since 2007 and now on pills for my stomach as a result. Going back to the consultant that I seen today - she looked at me and said that I appeared to be better than when she seen me a month ago when I was on crutches and in extreme pain so she would give me a phone consultation in August for an update! Well, I broke down in floods of tears! I told her that I feel like my husband has lost the active and bubbly wife he married, my kids have been robbed of the Mum they knew, my job is being affected and I feel so low. She went on to tell me that because there is problems with a series of discs the surgeon will not offer an operation. However, after I cried all over her she has agreed to put my case forward for the surgeon to see but told me not to get my hopes up as it is very unlikely that he will agree to an operation. She went on to advise me that the next steps in that case will be to refer me to the pain clinic as this is something that I need to learn to live with :-( Really, is this the case - I am only 38? Has anyone else had a similar experience?
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