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Had my 'urgent' appointment with the surgeon who turned out to be a member of the physio team who told me I had herniated three discs not two and that two of them had ruptured. I couldn't walk, it was too far, so was in a wheelchair. He asked me where the worst pain was and I told him my back but there wasn't much to choose from as I have pain in ine leg down to my toes which are now numb and the other leg down to my knee. He asked me where in my back the pain was and I indicated by pointing to my front as bending forward is a nightmare. He asked whether I would consider an operation and I said I would have to decide according to the success rate as I didn't want to end up in a wheelchair. Then he disappeared!
When he returned he said he had spoken to the surgeon and it was decided to send me for physio. He's told me not to do anything other than what I've been doing (walking until the pain is unbearable) and then checked my reflexes. Everytime he moved my foot or leg it shot up into my back and I cried out.
I have muscle wasting despite my best efforts to keep moving, I'm in constant pain, the antiinflamatories I have are two a day but wear out before the next one is due and my spine curves and the muscles lock up. I was feeling positive but that got knocked out of me when he said urgent physio, will take a few weeks for the appointment, he didn't tell me anything. I know the discs affected were L3-L4 and L5-L6 but although I asked he wouldn't tell me where the other one was.
Neither my partner or me felt confident when we left or that we had been given answers to our questions nor do we have any confidence in what was being said.
is this normal?
Sorry this is rambled but I'm in pain!!!!!
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