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First of all I am really pleased to have this forum to write. My problems started back in January and there was a sudden worsening in May. Referred by local hospital for MRI then to Kings College to see a neurosurgeon. A long story but my case turned into a complaint. Had another MRI today. Initially was told L5/S1 central disc prolapse and L4/L5 bulge, but since May it seems that more damage has appeared at L4/L5 hence the new scan today. The meds work brilliantly, but the surgeon had this stupid idea of wanting to see what happened if I came of them. duh!!!! I wonder what happened?????? I think it was her way of getting rid of me, as it then meant I was on no list, not for surgery, clinic or follow up! But I was having none of it!!!
The problem is that I have a lot of numbness in my leg and the surgeon says that microdiscectomy will not help that. Why??? I think it is because surgery has been left too long and the nerves cannot recover. I read that it should be done within 3-6 months of symptoms first appearing. Anybody have any experience? The numbness bothers me more than the pain if I'm honest, probably psychological, but when combined with the pain walking is a nightmare and my leg seems very weak. Also, I get a really severe pain in my foot when I go to the toilet (number 2's) and I have lost 2 and a half stone in weight without dieting since May. I read on the internet this is a 'red flag warning' but at the hospital I may as well be speaking Urdu for all the notice anybody is taking of me. Has anybody else lost a lot of weight because of this, or have pain in their foot when they go to the toilet? Do you know what causes it? Is it a bad sign? My instinct tells me ......YES!!!!
I have done a lot of reading on the internet, and thank God for the internet.
Thanks for 'listening'.
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