Operation ahead advice please

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Well injection didn't work , went in gabatine for nerve pain which has helped me get on with some daily life .... went back to work 2 weeks ago and yes I struggled a lot and can't do anything when I get home as am in so much pain .

Went hospital yesterday and the disc is still out , no point doing another injection he said or I could live with this , which again is not a option .

So this is were am at I have got have a operation , is it to cut some of the disc or shave it ?

My questions are how long do u stay in hospital for ?

Am I gonna have a normal life after this ?

I am so scared out me mind about this op , also I belive I may lose me job because of this .

I just want my normal life back .

I don't really wanna hear horror stories as am scared enough lol

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    Morning Donna

    Please read my time line, L4/L5 decompression discectomy success story. I am 4 months after surgery and feeling better than ever. Back running back in the gym back to work after 3 months (Only because I have a heavy lifting job) 6 weeks of not.

    Don't be scared, I looked on the internet after my operation because it was an emergency and was horrified. That is why I started my success story because there is loads of bad news out there and it is not always the case.

    There are hundreds/thousands of people who have this operation each year and if it is a success you will not research it on the internet and just get on with things.

    I have changed my lifestyle, I stretch 3 times a day now do Yoga/ Pilates. And do not do squats or dead lifts in the gym anymore.

    If you get the recovery right you will not have any problems. Don't be scared to move, your lumber needs to move.

    Regards

    Jim

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      Thanks so much Jim, I will have a read of your story later . I thought I was gonna be one of the lucky ones and the injection would work but not meant to be .

      After having 5 months off work and only being back to work for 2 weeks this is not gonna go down well with my employer.

      So am gonna have a meeting with the area manager and see what happens .

      I know I cannot not have this operation , thought losing me job does give me joy .

      Hospital said it may take 6 weeks for me to have operation or before so I know that's quick and am lucky to get the operation

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    Hi Donna sorry to hear u are suffering! I completely understand what you going through I had l4 l5 microdiscectomy 12 weeks I'm 31 have a 2 and 3 year old and work as a nurse so have very busy life!! I was terrified to and nearly cancelled the operation!! However now I'm feeling the best I have in 18 months yeah my back is stiff and feels a bit weak but I went back to work 4 weeks ago after having 6 months off can look after my kids walk as much as I like and started at gym again last week all things I thought I would never do again !!

    Yes there are risks involved in surgery however for me it was worth the risk the first month was rough and I needed a lot of help however every week since made massive progress!

    I stayed in hospital for 2 days pain was manageable my advise to you is get walking as soon as poss build up daily slowly include stereches swimming and core strength listen to your body do little and often and accept help and hopefully you will make a good recovery 😊

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      Thank you Hayley, I don't have much option I cannot carry on like this I want me life back . I have gone back to work only a 4 hour shift but when get home that's it I can't do anything else .

      As much as am scared I don't have any thing else to do .

      To not feel that pain anymore will be such a blessing how retricted in your life it makes you .

      Am glad you got your life back x

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    I am 21 months post microdiscectomy and it is the best thing I ever did.  Suffered from sciatica for around 30 years which steadily got worse and I now have a new lease of life post 50.  Stayed 2 nights in the hospital - was up and about within an hour of surgery. Be very careful and take advice. Spent around 5 weeks flat on my back as sitting and standing were uncomfortable but was able to work from home.

    Don't overdo it too soon - I started pilates around 3 months post surgery but big mistake.  I am a completely new and happy person. Still get the odd twinge - the nerve was damaged a little.  Unfortunately 15 months post surgery was diagnosed with osteo-arthritis in my spine - however, having lost 2 stone in weight I again have a new lease!

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      Thanks for replying how did you manage all them years with it . Am 7 months in and I had so many melt downs over this time .

      I actually thought I was gonna have a breakdown , I just don't wanna feel anymore pain and be able to hoover and put socks on and enjoy life . Amazing how u miss the simple things that u just can't do anymore

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