Prolapsed Disc

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I have suffered from a prolapsed disc for almost a year. I am in between specialists as I have been referred to a local hospital after travelling 50 miles for an appointment. I find i can work for between 2-6 weeks before the back pain is so severe that I physically cannot work. MRI scans have suggested surgery will be required. I am unsure as to the risks involved and the benefits of surgery.

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    i am due an op on my neck, but if you read through some recent posts you will see there are plenty of success storys :magic: and i'm sure if you have any worries, post them on here and someone will get back to you and hopefully put your mind at rest :D , but there are certain risks in all surgery but i think the benefits if surgery far out weigh the risks. it is a very painful condition to have to put up with, and its a shame you didn't find the forum earlier, cos its helped me heaps :ok: well the fellow sufferers i mean, and they all a nice bunch too!! :mrgreen:

    anyway its late :shock:

    take care, :cheerup:

    :rose: mandy :rose:

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    I am sorry to hear about your problems. Only you can decide on whether surgery is the best option for you. You need to weigh up the benefits and risks with whether surgery will improve your quality of life. Talk to your surgeon when you get the chance and ask him/her to go through the risks involved. Also there is your recovery....I had a discectomy on my L5/S1 and you need to have help for at least the first week afterwards. I have to say that 8 weeks on I feel absolutely fantastic and if I had to go through it all again, I would. Good luck with your decision and your journey and keep us posted.

    Take care,

    Jules xx :D :D

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    All I will do is echo everything Jules has said ( coz thats what we do ) but had surgery early October and apart from when I married my wife, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made and would certainly go through the surgery all over again if I had to, and trust me, I tried to hold off on the op in my head.

    Like most things, you have to be told there is a risk but there is a risk crossing the road or getting in a car also, u get the drift, it doesnt stop u from doing it though and if your pain is stopping u form doing things at the mo then surgery should certainly change that

    Do keep us all informed though and any worries just post it on here.....


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    if you have the chance, take it, as there are people on here that are overlooked all the time by the shambles of a health service we have here, and probably have no hope whatsoever of being fully healthy again.
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    I've had decompression surgery from L4-S1 and 3 months on I am totally free from all my previous symptons in leg and foot. I had to have the procedure repeated twice this year but have no regrets whatsoever.

    I'm now waiting to have 2 discs whipped out of my neck .......... bring it on 8)


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    hi and welcome , cjhkims 57

    after discussions with my neurosurgeon lately he did say to me that if you still have severe symptoms with a prolapse after 3 months then he tends to go the surgery route. but only you can decide, have you got a physio you could maybe have a chat to them as they have vast experience of prolapes and could offer some sound advise. i sympathise greatly with you regarding the pain , and for you to even try to go back to work suffering like that you need a medal!.

    we,r a friendly bunch on patient and i can say during the last year they,ve certainly helped me such a lot with advise and support as we,r all fellow sufferers, good luck with the disicion but i would say if you do decide on surgery dont hang around to inform your doc as the waiting time is awful.sorry for my spelling gone brain dead since being off work lol. gail

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