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New to this site but summary of my condition
Suffered from back problem for 5 years. Various treatments - Physio, acupuncture, epidurals, etc didn't relieve the pain. MRI scan showed a bulging disc at L4 / L5.
I was offered do a disectomy which I took. Didn't relieve the symptoms so was then offered a revision. I had some quite heavy scar tissue from the 1st op but my symptoms were still no relieved.
Referred to another consultant who told me that in his opinion I wasn't bad enough to have had surgery and that over time my symptoms would be relived. Spent the next 6 months managing the pain and trying to strengthen core. I started to go to the gym at work but mainly to do stretching - not weights. About 8 weeks ago after having a few sessions at the gym I started getting severe pain around my hip area. 3 weeks ago I insisted that my private health company refer me to a specialist and had another MRI scan. Disc is prolapsed and the nerves are being squashed by the bones and disc.
Consultant believes I should have another disectomy to remove more io the disc AND bone to give the the nerves room. He is going to discuss with colleagues to see whether they agree with his diagnosis.
i have been continuing to go to work and have taken cocodamol and ibuprofen. In constan pain (around 7) but occasionally I get an attack and it goes to a 9. This morning it's finally besten me and I couldn't get out of bed.
has anyone else had 3 ops for the same issue? I'm frustrated that I've had 2 failed attempts and I'm concerned that having more surgery will just make things worse - although it doesn't feel like it can get much worse. Thoughts??
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