Ongoing back problems..surgery or not??

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I'm 25years old,my back problem began around 2011 where my back went at work,My job is quite a manual job so heavy lifting very often involved.since then my back has went atleast once a year wher I am house bound for round about 4weeks then probably another 3weeks till I'm up and moving/driving around as normal.iv been to see a chiropractor,physio,back joint specialist,but nothing helped,eventually got an mri scan where I have been informed it's a bulging disc l5,and it will more than likely get worse as time goes on.this has been effecting my life for quite some time now,I'm a very active person & at this moment in time have not been able to do any exercise for 8weeks now which does effect how I feel mentally,i would be very greatful for any advice or guidance anyone has out ther for me,not quite sure where to go from here.thanks.

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    Hi Kyra,

    I have a bulging disc in T10-11(different area to you. Do you have any nerve related issues like numbness, pins & Needles etc.

    You need to insist on a referral from your GP to either Orthopedic or Neurologist (depending on symptoms)ASAP-depending on your GP you will probably just have to be quite forceful rather than wait for them to get into action (As I found through my own experience).

    I am currently awaiting surgery but have insisted on a second opinion.You may not need surgery but get it looked at by an expert (not a GP).

    What part of UK are you in (different areas of excellence, I probably have researched them all & happy to share any knowledge).

    Take care & keep in contact, talking helps (at least to know your not on your own).

     

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      I was referred from my gp to a specialist who then put me in for an mri,iv recently had another meeting with him about th results wher I found out it was a bulging disc,just the 1,then was told I have a choice of surgery or just trying to keep the pain under control wen I do have flare ups..which iv done now for 4years,however the time off work is an issue & the flare ups are now starting to last longe.i don't get any pins & needles or numbness just rather bad spasms when the flare up first begin..I'm living in Newcastle..to be honest Im a little clueless as up until these recent results I was told it was a muscular issue so surgery hadnt came into th equation.

      Thanks for ur reply

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      Kayra,

      I am no surgeon but your issue is more than muscular. First of all do not panic, that is not useful, decide to take control instead.

      My advice is to seek a second opinion of another Orthopedic or Neurosurgen. A new ruling in NHS which took effect on 1st April this year allows you to seek treatment in any hospital in Uk of your choice (GPs will not tell you this as they dont like it)- The Walton centre Liverpool is a centre of excellence.

      However next week commit to get appt. with GP and demand to see another "specialist' this is your right. Keep positive there are other routes for you perhaps than surgery but you first need a proper diagnosis.

      keep in touch.

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    U must get it done if it bulges and breaks off u could go it to cauda equine u will need a urgent op and it's a lottery after. You could come out ok if u get a quick response by ur hospital. If not u could get mobility problem bladder and bowel movement problems. I should know I got seen but the hospital turn me away I had a bulging discs 2 had fused together and the 3rd bulgling that was in the June 08 August the and broke of I had complete compression of the spine. They admit ed me the 2nd time but was not give another mri scan till tues Tuesday the 5th. When the scan were sent over to a hospital with a good spine unit. The see the scan I was then rush across London at 1pm the op was done. The damage because I was left I now have a colostomy stoma a urostomy stoma I have had my bladder removed I have had hernia s I have had to big operation for them I have just had the 2nd mesh hernias my scar tissue had stuck inside to my stomach muscles. I am home but I am fight a massive infection so I am feeling down. All this because the at the accident and emergency did not believe me. I had to gp doctors letters as well. I could not stand up. I know it's long winded but I can hit home what can happen I lost my life job my golf I loved. I was wronged I sued and I won a out of court settlement it was a massive amount so I have at least the things I need I have a new house all converted. But I would swop tomorrow if I could have my life as it was. So get at it u will know if the disc comes out the pain with ur back and leg numbness will be intense. Done keith
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