Prolapsed discs are ruining my life

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Hi, So I've made several posts reagarding my issue, I have prolapsed discs 2 to be exact; one pressing on my sciatic nerve which causes pain down my entire left leg and then just sits with pins and needles for hours on end. The other is between l4 and l5. 

I've been waiting to hear from rheuatology now for several months, I've been back and they say I must await a letter with an appointment but in the meantime It's ruining my life, I've stopped going out with friends because it's far too painful and isn't worth the hassle and exaustion that comes with it.

I'm gaining so much weight because i'm just comofort eating and when I do eat heathly I eat too much of it, so as you can imagine the weight gain is also adding to the pain I feel.

I'm getting roughly 2 hours sleep in total a night because it's far too painful to lye down, my matress is in bad condition but since im in no shape to go back to work I cannot afford to replace it.

I do exercise but once i'm done i'm in more pain then when I started. I stretch both my lower back and legs, infact I strech all over, that's something I never used to do.

the medication I take no loner helps like it used to, and my Gp is not permitted to give me anything else because he's not a specialist.

I know I'm not the only one who is having some trouble living like this and I feel like i'm just moaning, well maybe I am, I'm probably just venting but does anyone know anything I can do to help? 

 any and all help is truly appreciated, I need to do something now before it ruins my life and my future.

Thankyou 

-Ellis

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    1) Complain to the hospital's Complaints Dept if you've already been referred to a hospital (you suggest that your GP says that it's out of his hands now);

    2) If you haven't already been referred to hospital, threaten to complain to the G.M.C. (General Medical Council) about your G.P.'s failure to treat a patient. If you have been referred, threaten to complain about you consultant's failure to treat a patient;

    3) Also consider referring the matter to the Health Ombudsman.

    The bottom line is that you shouldn't have to do all of this to get some help and get treated. Tell them that you will if they don't act - and mean it! You've paid your taxes, why shouldn't you get some help?

    All the best, STD.

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      Hi STD, 

      complaints are definatly going to be made as this has been going on far too long without any treatments or acknowledgment.

      -Ellis

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    Hi Ellis - have you seen a neurosurgeon yet?   If you're not already in the queue to see one you should get your GP to refer you and make sure they say it's a priority as it is clearly impacting your quality of life.     They will advise if surgery is required.
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      I'm not too sure on the way it all works, I had my MRI and then received a letter from my Gp to go and see him so he could explain the result. Once I had seen him he said that I will hear from Rheuomatology with regards to treatments since this is the area that put me in for an MRI. So i'm waiting to hear from them still? I'm not sure the job of a neurosurgeon..?
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    Don't do the exercises if it hurts!!! Bad idea! Change doctor, or try several before you choose one. Except that it's going to cost a lot to get better, But when you are you can start work again. Choose a physio, try two or three different ones and then stick with them. Then after 4/5 sessions all them for how many days a week you need it and fir how long. Explain maybe all for a discount on the price. 
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    Any new news yet ?!?
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      Hey marshall, I had my consult with my rhemotologist and he said everything looks good and that exercise and stretching would help me a great deal, he's not put me in for physio or anything and I turned down the guided injections as it's only pain releif and not anti-inflam.

      I like the pain, wierd as it sounds it lets me gage how for i can push myself, I know when to rest and when to stop beacause of the pain.

      Everything is about the same except for numbess is now more frequent in the left foot. Done a lot of research and it sounds like I could have potential nerve damage in my foot that could be caused my negligence on my doc's behalf.

      Im going to go back to see him when I can to discuss this with him and It is worrying me now. the numbness is lasting around 40 seconds and feels like im walking on a lot of little stones, even when I take the weight off of it during the numbesss. This also occurs about 2/3 times an hour where as before it hardly happened at all..

      any tips for fast pain relief or for ways I can handle the pain.

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      Good news I'm getting numbness in my feet and toes plus down both legs been told a disc is slightly out but it's not pressing on the neves 

      I use a hot water bottle in a towel does easy se pain but mines there all the time 

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