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It has been good to read the comments of people who have been through similar problems & to know that I am not the only one.

I am 27 years old & was diagnosed with a prolapsed disc about 6 weeks ago. The pain in my leg & back has been agonising as anyone who has suffered from this knows.

I had a steriod epidural last week but have found it to have no effect. I would be really interested to hear back from anyone who has had the injection with a successful result - how long did it take to work? Some of the comments above say it only works for 4-5 weeks. Has anyone had one injection which didn't work & then a second that did? How long a gap does there have to be between the two?

Also, after the injection I was quite ill with a fever & sicknesses, has anyone else had this?

Would also really appreciate any help anyone can offer with how to successful handle the physcological aspects too. I have only been off work a month & I am already feeling useless, hopeless, bored & increasingly tearful.

Also has anyone's relationship suffered as a result of these problems? If so how did you cope & are there any happy endings out there? I had a boyfriend of 7 years who I lived with before all this. About 3 weeks into these problems he began to withdraw from me & would spend less & less time with me & more & more time with his friends, going out drinking into the early hours & sleeping away the days he wasn't working. I have now had to move back to my parents as getting very down in the dumps spending so much time alone & being unable to look after the house, and since then he not been to see me, even when i was in the hospital having the injection. I have no one to turn to and feel it will be so easy for him to meet someone else & move on but that for me the outlook is pretty bleak.

I would appreciate any comments, even if it's 'pull yourself together!' as I know I'm starting lose perspective

Thank you & good luck to everyone out there who is suffering with this.


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    No way is it a pull yourself together what you are going through is hell and to be frank your man is behaving appaulingly (sorry but true). I am now 10wks after op and all going great but ten weeks ago I didnt think I could go on another day, just like you I was totally dependant on my husband and parents and its terrible!!

    Re the injection I also had no effect from it at all and when I saw the consultant two weeks later we decided to go for the op as I was in so much pain and totally depressed.

    Re the phycological aspects the only positive I can give you is that it can be cured push everyone - doctors, specialists, A+E until they sort you out as quickly as possible. I knobw its really hard as you have no strength at the moment but just imagine no pain and you life back - its so worth it.

    If I could give you my number on the site I would I know how alone you feel right now and my heart goes out to you.

    Keep talking via the site and I trully hope you get 'fixed' asap.


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    I heard recently about a new treatment for back pain called IDD Therapy, and people told me a lot of good thing about it. It's non-surgical, doesn't require any medication and most of all, they said it WORKS!! So, it's worth to have a try. Have a look at

    I hope that you will be able to get well with this treatment, you're young and understand how your condition would affection your life and relationship.

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    Just wanted to say thank you to Lorraine & Alain for their comments, it has been a great help & comfort. Thank you for taking the time to write. Thank you for the reassurance Lorraine & advice about pushing for answers. I am back with the consultant on Monday so I will definately bear this in mind. I will look into the IDD Therapy Alain.

    Thanks again, your kind words have cheered up a poorly soul!

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    sorry to hear about your problems,im 38 and have had 3 sets of injections over the last 2 years,all to no avail im sorry to say .i have just been advised that iam to have a disc replacement from kings college in london which hopefully will be next year(april 07).this is the first message i have ever sent by comp so bare with me,reading your message brought back memories to me, like u i was with someone 7 years had my own business,things going great,then my back started playing up sept 2004 untill finally i was unable to walk december that relationship started to suffer due to my health and the support of my girlfriend went to.i ended up losing everything my home,my business,most of all my girlfriend and so called friends ,i ended back at home with my parents, which has been tough, due to my independents going, but the reason for contacting you is that what ever happens you will get through this and be a stronger person as a result keep smiling(it will get better)

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