prolapsed disc L5/S1 advice please!!

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Hi i am posting on here to see if anyone can give me some advice.

I am in my late 20's have suffered from back pain all year escalating to pain, pins and needles in my leg and cramps, i have visited ostepaths and physio but it has not helped (although it lightened the weight of my purse!)

Eventually i have had an mri scan last week and the results show a prolapsed disc L5/S1

i have been told i will have to wait another 2/3 months to see a spinal specialist and i assume the same again before treatment!

The more i do the worse the pain is and after a day at work i can't stand up, am hobbling around and the pain is unbearable, i can't lie on my back or my front and lying on either side is painfull!

i don't feel that i am being told if there is anything else i can do by health care professionals, i have been told by the NHS physio that they don't recommend that as it may make it worse!

can anyone recomend anything they have done that has helped as the lack of sleep for one is driving me round the bend!

i will try anything now!!


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    Hiya Louise, i can sympathise with your situation as my Mri showed similar thing. I have been suffering for the past 5months seen an osteo and physio both privately. I am getting fluctuated leg pain so i will be seeing a chiropractor on sat im hoping he can do the trick.

    Im no longer taking pain killers they just mask the pain.

    If your strugling to sleep put a pillow between your legs take a hot water bottle it helped me. Fortunately i have been off work and received sick pay. you probably need to take time off too!

    I saw a spinal consultant he recommended physio, epidural nerve root injection which i didnt take. i know the pain is unbearable if your not afraid of needles try accupuncture with pain relief. Good luck! hope your better soon!Be positive and keep faith..x

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    hi louise what can i say ? the pain i know can be pretty awful especally without sleep(been there myself) if you check out judiths postings it may give you some advise, wished id done it that way now instaed of suffering for 2 yrs. hope it give you something to think about. gail
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    thanks for the advice,

    i was thinking about acupunture, does it really help? slightly nearvous around needles!! :lol:

    Am off to read Judiths posts with another coffee in hand try and get through to 5.30!!

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    I had one session of accupuncture it gave me a really good nite going to try the chiropractor so i shall be resuming physio for now. Ask your physio about it they did it to me.
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    Hi ,

    I would recommend a TENS machine to help you sleep. I'm 35 and have been suffering with lumbar disc prolapse since i was 30. I have had physio, chiro , osteo , 2 epidurals , percutaneous discectomy , spinal probe and at last , on june 9th I found a surgeon brave enough to put me out my misery , and perform a 2 level spinal decompression. It was a 5 hour op , and I have had some agonising pain since the surgery, but finally I'm starting to feel normal and pain free again. I'm still having regular physio , but I really think you should try TENS as It has seen me through my darkest hours and allowed me to get some sleep. You must check that TENS is suitable for you to use first - try looking it up on the net.

    I really hope you get some relief soon , I have been to hell and back with this condition.

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