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Hi everyone, just been reading some of the messages and i feel for u all as i know how u all feel. Mine all started back in sep 07 finished work one friday and had a little back ache as i had experienced a few times before. Everytime i had had this ache in the past my wife just gave me a massage and the next day i felt fine but on this occasion the next day my back was worse and that day i was moving house so i was lifting alot of heavy stuff (i.e. sofa, cooker, fridge freezer etc). My back ache calmed down that week but in the coming weeks i started to get pain in my left leg i went to my GP 4 times between oct and xmas and it just kept getting worse but they just kept saying it was a pulled muscle although lots of people said to me it was sciatica and i told the doc that but they would'nt have it. Then when i broke up work for xmas my back went in to the shape of a banana and it started to get really painful. Went back to my GP after xmas and he said i had a slipped disc and referred me to physio, about 6 weeks later i went to physio and he gave me some exercises to do and they did make my spine go abit straighter for abit but then it went again so i was sent for a MRI. In this time i had been in some severe pain not able to walk more than 100 yards and i could'nt sleep at nite i was on painkillers and diazepan not that they did much for me. One day i was lying on the kitchen floor and i could'nt get up coz the pain was that bad my wife was going to call an ambulance. I finally went to see a consultant in may this year (08 ) and he said he would operate. I got my appointment a few weeks later for my op and it was in july. I went in to hospital on the sunday ready for my op on the monday morning but it never happen that day because the anesthetist never turned up so they sent me home and told me to come back the following monday and this time i had the op and it was a success (so far so good). When i came round my back was straight and i had no pain in my leg or my back anymore i was so happy to be normal again. It has been 4 months since the op and i have had no trouble apart from a little stinging feeling at the top of my buttock for the last couple of days when i stand up. I am going to see the physio about this next week but i think it my just be me panicking but after what i went through the last year any little feeling i get i just start to worry. If any of you can not live your day to day life because it is that bad then you should DEMAND the op it is nothing to worry about and you will have your life back pain free. Don't live with it do something about it you won't be happy until you do trust me.
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