slipped disc - what next

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Hi all

Well I think I've had this slipped disc L5 for 10 years or more but it finally started to give me major pain and problems with my legs, I've been off work for 4 months, I was given an mri after phsyio failed.

December the 6th 2014 I was given an injection into the S1 nerve root, this gave me more pain for the first three weeks and then tailed off but left me with the original pain.

I went to the specialist Friday the 16/1/15 he has refereed me for an injection In to the disc itself

My question is that when he referred me he said that if it works they may operate, but if it doesn't then they definitely won't ?

My hernia is inward, so would they look at micro diskectomy ?

They have booked me in for the injection tomorrow 26/1/15 (must be a record for the nhs)

I'm worried about what happens next he mentioned about pain management which from what I understand is living with it doped up !

I'm taking 1500mg gabapentin and could do with more

Tramadol when needed

Cocodamol regulaly (but been on these for years due to plantar fasciitis)

I feel they just need to take the disc out and fuse it together but worried that it won't work and they won't do anything (I'd be half tempted on lying if it didn't just so they'd do something tbh)

So what could happen next after this jab if

1. It works

2.it doesn't

Thanks

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    Well the shots just mask the problem and then you damage the disc even more . I think you will also have more numbness in your legs and feet . I just had a fusion in my L 3-4 because I had a couple disc that were herniated . They removed them put in plastic spacers and fused the two to stableize it . I think this is the right thing to do once your nerve gets pinched . I realize it is easier and cheaper for them to just inject the disc to hide the pain but in the long run I don't think it is that great of idea . One thing is for sure . You have to be a little pushy and sometime maybe tell a little white lie to get them to do what you need . Since you have to live with it and the doctors don't . I have a rule that when they ask the pain level from 1 -10 I always add 3-4 . Other wise they think you can just live with it . If the nerve gets to damaged you can have all kinds of problems including bladder control problems .
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    Hey

    I've had the same disc problem for the last 8 years now at the age of 26 I thought enough is enough and demanded that somthing needed doing as I couldn't live a normal life withe the pain. I was sent to a specialist then a surgeon and was operated on a couple of weeks back.

    I feel Doctors\NHS try too avoid sending there patients too surgery as it's expensive.

    I avoided the injections as they are just there to mask the pain.

    I would of paid for private health care by all means possible if they denied me the treatment. Have you thought about the possibility of that?

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      Yer

      Think I'll have to look in to private if nothing gets done.

      Will take it as far as I can with the nhs.

      Massive bug bare is that I've had lots of accidents that probably caused the issue with my back but because an MRI wasn't done then we've no idea when it was done so the accidents have been claimed for and sorted

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    Well I had the epidural

    It wasn't as painful as the jab in the hip

    It seems to have worked a bit but not massively, hoping it will keep getting better

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    Well it doesn't seem to have got much better at all ;(

    Has anyone had an operation that the caudeal epidual hasn't worked ?

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