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Hi

Just a quick post. I am a 36 year man

And my pain started last year. I notice after footy my hip would be numb

I stopped playing footy. And my back felt ok ish . In February I Dug my garden up. And my back went. I had everything you could think of.physio acupuncture osteopath massage and everyone said I had weak muscle. I done all my exercise but nothing..

At one point I couldn't walk properly and the pain I was getting in my hips was crazy

Worst I ever had.. I see about ten specialist

And the only positive thing to happen was

Ultrasound which redussed the immflmattion.. And I could walk again..

I was sure I had hip trouble.. I went private for a mri in London ( the best thing I done)

Which showed I had a prolapsed disc at l4 l5

That got the ball rolling. With in 3 week I had a disc op.

I am now 1 week post of I feel so much better 2 days after the op I could walk 5 miles 3 days after op 7-8 miles.

5 days after the op 12 miles.

My question is how has people felt once they had the op and what could they do 8 days after

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    Hi. Your symptoms seem similar to mine . I've had the numbness or pins and needles for about 2 months. And the pain seems to be the same as child birth. There are times ( usually morning )!i cannot find a comfortable position . Hurts to walk, sit, lie down but getting up is worse. The pain meds help relieve the pain for 2 hours a day. ( not totally) . The chiropractor sent me to Physio and Physio sent me to my doctor . I have my MRI tonight. I guess I'm nervous it won't show anything , I've been in so much pain for months and just want a solution . Does our symptoms sound similar? When youbsaid you couldn't walk, do you mean without excruciating pain? Or you just couldn't walk at all?

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      Yes my pain was so very bad in mornings getting out of bed was very hard.. My pain was liveable during the day at work. With out bending and lifting. But then when home

      Once sitting down the pain would start.. And trying to get up of sofa for dinner or drink. I had to walk half bent over. This carried on for 4 months

      And the pain that was in my hip joint felt like it was on fire. I thought my SI

      Was damage. I see a hip specialist and he said my hips were fine.

      After seeing around 10 different back people.. Or saying weak glutes😡😡I knew enough was enough. So paid for a mri which confirm what I felt was wrong.. Once that was confirm it was quicker to treat as I knew what route to take..

      So you should be happy about mri

      At least you will know😬

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      Please let me know how the scan gose

      And for people who intend to have a op.

      I nearly pulled out of having mine due to all the bad reviews online. But I know it's early stages but I am very happy I had it done.

      I am 8 day post op and have walked about 50 miles??

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      So I had the MRI yesterday. My fear is that it will show nothing and then I am left like this. I have never had pain last this long before. I went to my daughters soccer game last night . It hurt to sit, stand . I was driving home and the pain increased to the point I was screaming in pain. The kids were like pull over mom! I try not to take the pain meds unless I really need them . I take Advil for the constant pain but when it becomes severe i whatever I can get my hands on. The pain is so bad some moments that I'll take anything regardless of what I am allowed. I've dealt with regular back pain for years. The only time I stay in bed is 1 or two days and then I get back to the gym . Now I have to take maximum pain meds to be able to go to the gym . I'm so sick of this pain! How are you feeling now? Are you able to go back to work??

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