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How happy am I to find this site!
I haven't had the chance to read through many posts but if/when my 1 year old goes to sleep I may just get the chance!
I am particularly eager to hear from any experinces anyone has on the difficulties of looking after small children whilst suffering back problems.
I have had problems of this kind for about 6 years and in each pregnancy, and after each birth the problem worsened. My daughters are 3 and 5 and my son is 1.
About 4 months ago I noticed a real deterioration in the pain levels mainly in lower back/pelvic area. I tried Physio (which I have had on/off over the years) but ended up getting so bad I virtually collapsed one morning and ended up at A and E.
No prizes for guessing it was a disc prolapse and this was accompnied by the most horrendous sciatic pain down the whole of my left leg and into the foot. I also lost the ankle refex and had severe numbness too. The hospital physio treated me for a few weeks but seeing no improvement referred me to am Orthapedic Surgeon who I saw today after an MRI.
The scan comfirmed a large prolapse in the L5/S1 area and seemed very negative about the fact that this would get much better. Fortunately I am not in so much pain as I was and on most days it is manageable although still very much present and limiting. He seeemd to be pushing for surgery but also suggested an Epidural. He said there was no point trying any further Physio for this kind of problem.
At the moment I am at a loss as to what to do. The last few months have presented a huge nightmare in terms of the fact I am unable to pick up my (very heavy and no-where near walking) 1 year old. Fortunataly my husband works from home and can do a lot but there is of course all the school 'runs'/buggy pushing type activities which I struggle with. We get very little outside/family help.
I just wondered if any of you are Mums (or indeed Dads!) who have shared similar experiences. I am feeling really alone with all this and can't really see a way forward at the moment.
Best wishes to you all.
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