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I am adding my comments as my dad first wrote for me on no. 42. As you saw, it was an emergency operation although I wasnt happy with my doctor as he just seemed to be not interested and just wanted to give me painkillers etc. Luckily he did refer me for physio which i attended on the 12/01/06 after explaining everything to him.
He said there was no way he could do anything until i had a mri which he arranged straightaway that day. the following day recieved a phonecall, had to go straight to hospital & was then told of the prolapsed disc. was unable to go home as it had prolapsed into my spinal cord. I was transferred by ambulance following morning to Oldchurch hospital & operated on that day, was very frightened as when told of the pros & cons seemed to me there was more against than fore, but i had no choice as I would have been paralysed & i have 3 small children & am a single parent.
I was very lucky to be caught in time as my bladder felt as though it was weakening. the surgeon was surprised i wasnt already incontinent. straight after the operation i was uncomfortable but not in the excrutiating pain i had been for the past 6 wks. after about 2 wks i was able to walk with no pain & gradually increased this over a period of time.
I was very lucky to have such a wonderful family especially my mum who stayed & helped me and my children for the 3 months recovery period. I saw my surgeon on the 19/04/06 & he said obviously to be aware of how to pick things up & my back will never be the same again & the numbness i have in my buttocks may never go due to damage to the nerve endings, but in my opinion anyone deciding on whether to have operation i would say have it, in my case i had no choice & glad now that i didnt, but i know there is no way you can live with that pain, day in day out, & i can once again enjoy my life with my children. i am still careful not to pick heavy objects and aware how to bend properly but to feel so well again is lovely.
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