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Have just found this site after searching through the net in desperation for advice re my back problem. It's comforting to know that others experience the same pain as me (though I wouldn't wish it on anyone).
My disc problem was discovered by MRI in Feb 07 & I was immediately put on waiting list for discectomy. I'm worried that surgeon just wants to operate as that is his speciality and he hasn't recommended any other treatments eg exercise/pilates/osteopathy etc. As I'm so terrified of my back (am often pulling back muscles which puts me out of action for weeks at a time), I've been reluctant to try any other treatments/exercise. I have had physio which sometimes helps and an epidural which didn't. I really don't want the discectomy (coincidentally my husband had one in Jan this year) but don't know if it is realistic to live with a prolapsed disc. Is it possible to get to the point where you still have a prolapsed disc but the pain is much better because of exercise etc or once you have the problem is the only answer to have the op?
Any advice greatly appreciated!
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