I am now suffering from my second prolapsed disc in three years, last time was my back and now it's my neck. Is this going to keep happening to me?

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Second prolapse in three years, hoping my spine isn't giving up the ghost!!

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    Hi nicola02189

    Seriously, I've had twenty four years of discs in and out, foot drop etc. etc. I've had most treatments you could possibly imagine right through to spinal surgery. I now await my second spinal surgery in crippling pain AGAIN!! I know where you are coming from BIG style, I remember thinking the exact same thing years ago.

    I accepted that I clearly have a major weakness, which all the experts agree with, clearly that's just no help to me at all. There's nothing they can do, sometimes I'm fine sometimes I wallop three discs out in one go, sometimes foot drop with a trapped nerve, it's all part of my 'normal' life and it is for quite a few people. I honestly believe that once you injure your back, you're a real lucky person if that has no other effect on you later. Most people I know have had years of trouble once it starts, a few though have had one incident and nothing.

    I wish I could inspire you with wonderful cures but my advice is to get on with your life as best you can, try anything offered to you that's free, if you can afford to pay for other types of relief treatment, that's fair enough. Don't let it get to you, if these things are going to happen, they just will, I can literally just cough or sneeze and that's my back off in some way, doesn't happen all the time though.

    Try to keep your spirits up. Good luck :0)

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    Hi nixbadbax

    Had an Mir which confirmed a prolapse disc in my neck. Have to see back specialist on Friday to talk about possible surgery. Thanks for your reply,looks like I have to do the best I can right now. Hope all works out for you.

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    I'm having a disc problem to , I have had 1 opp one my neck and now the dice below it has moved and I have a lot of pain in my left shoulder and arm , num finger's num knee , I have had an MRI and I took a pic of it , it is clear we're the problem is , the disc above has moved a bit but the one below has moved a lot , I have an appointment to see the consultant in 9 days , the problem is he spoke to my doc and said he wants to leave it , I'm not happy , when I lay down the pain is not as bad when is it up I'm in so much pain , I just won't it sorting out, don't no what I can do ,, just stuck in my bed ,   I don't no how to post the pic or I would ,
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    Poor you,how awful that you're left in so much pain. I think you have to be really forceful to get anything done on the bus! Most of us can't afford private care so it seems to take so much longer to get the care you need. Hope you get some help through your doctor. Take care
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      Getting sorted now having opp in 6 to 8 weeks just waiting for the date , will be in hospital 2 days he said morning of opp and 2 nights done the paper work and going to get fixed again smile  in Preston , hope they sort you out soon good luck smile
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      Hi leigh, hope all goes well with your op. Got everything crossed for you! 

      I have to wear a neck collar day and night for six weeks and if the disc doesn't resolve itself it sounds like I'll have to have surgery. God I hope it works!!

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    hi, i can relate to this. first of all about 9 years ago i had either a discectomy or laminectomy i don't know which one! but everything was fine, life was back to normal...if only they had told me either the disc above or below could slip due to the op and to be the hell careful i wouldn't have slipped the one above last april!!!!! so it went in april and just before the school summer holidays (this year) its gone again, so im wondering if this is going to keep on happening too. this is my 6th week of being trapped in this body and house, i was just saying to someone else, i ignore what the so called professionals say, i take as much bed rest as i feel necessary and just start doing odd bits of housework and exercises, i do not like painkillers, not that they do much anyway. i am giving accupuncture a go (when they finally get me an appointment) and to see a surgeon for advice, i have been eyeing the microdiscectomy up, it sounds ideal but....  i get pain down both legs aswell (i must be lucky!)and the sciatica i had before was horrific,i have made it quite clear should i get sciatica like that again im taking every tablet i've got, my surgeon was full of excitement when he told me how big he had cut off,  i haven't felt pain like it and they should have given me emergency surgery but thats another story. when you cough or sneeze, bend backwards smile
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    hi, i can relate to this. first of all about 9 years ago i had either a discectomy or laminectomy i don't know which one! but everything was fine, life was back to normal...if only they had told me either the disc above or below could slip due to the op and to be the hell careful i wouldn't have slipped the one above last april!!!!! so it went in april and just before the school summer holidays (this year) its gone again, so im wondering if this is going to keep on happening too. this is my 6th week of being trapped in this body and house, i was just saying to someone else, i ignore what the so called professionals say, i take as much bed rest as i feel necessary and just start doing odd bits of housework and exercises, i do not like painkillers, not that they do much anyway. i am giving accupuncture a go (when they finally get me an appointment) and to see a surgeon for advice, i have been eyeing the microdiscectomy up, it sounds ideal but....  i get pain down both legs aswell (i must be lucky!)and the sciatica i had before was horrific,i have made it quite clear should i get sciatica like that again im taking every tablet i've got, my surgeon was full of excitement when he told me how big he had cut off,  i haven't felt pain like it and they should have given me emergency surgery but thats another story. when you cough or sneeze, bend backwards smile
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      Hi fed-up, poor you, I'm a bit scared now as i have to see a spinal specialist now to decide whether surgery is the next step. 

      Keep me posted on how you get on xx

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    Just wanted to offer any of you suffering from disc herniations/prolapse some advice which you may or maynot have come across before.......consider surgery as your final option....conservative management can help with the biomechnics to aid healing of a prolapse, chiropractic/osteopathy cannot heal a prolapse, the discs have no blood supply thus they can only repair through movement to improve exchange of nutrients through the endplates to feed the discs, therefore conservative therapy can help to improve biomechnics of your body to aid healing of the disc. There is also a therapy which has shown benefits for patients which have failed to respond to conservative therapy and are surgery candidates. This is called IDD Therapy. This has been in the US for 22 years and UK for 2 years but has shown really positive results for patients considering surgery...it is expensive but cheaper than surgery...so if available to you in your area it may be worth a try even for those that have had surgery in the past....
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      Sadly b100,  IDD therapy is not avaliable via the NHS yet in the UK as an approved therapy. Let's hope that happens very soon!!

      However IDD may still be available through a local NHS private clinic, which are becoming more and more popular as an alternative to private health clinics.  Generally the NHS private tend to be more affordable than their private care counterparts, such as Nuffield and Spire. 

      More details on NHS private clinics can be found here:

      http://www.privatehealth.co.uk/private-hospitals/nhs/

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    Just been to see a consultant and it's surgery. As I have a blood disorder it seems it's more complicated. So have to go back in a month and hopefully will have a date
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