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Hi, about 3 years ago I was disgnosed with L4 & L5 prolapsed discs which were crushing the Sciatic nerve, causing such pain that I ended up on crutches for about 2 months, finally losing strength in my foot. The specialist eventually decided that I needed injections into the spine, one a nerve blocker to the Sciatic nerve and then 6 steriod injections to help rebuild the spine area. I was told that this would give my body time to heal naturally. The following morning I awoke without any pain at all, such a relief after 6 months of totally agony. A year and a half later the symptoms came back with a vengeance, on crutches after 3 days of the pain. The specialist has confirmed that the proplasped discs still have not repaired themselves. It took seven months to get the next appointment (all the time in agony, even taking 2 Tramadol 4 times a day), in which I have more steroid injections into the spine. 10 days after the injections I was back on crutches and the pain even worse than before. I have just seen the specialist again 2 days ago and he has said that the last injections must have aggravated the area.
I have been given two options, one is to live with the pain or the second is to have the operation (microdiscectomy).
It is quite frightening reading through the leaflet of risks & complications, but I feel I have no option but to have the surgery as I cannot stand being in constant pain for the rest of my life. (3 years so far and for me it is 3 years too long). I have been given 3 weeks to make my mind up with the specialist.
Can anyone give me positive advice on the success of the operation!
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