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Hi, I have had 4 disc prolapses since February 09. The first time was when I jumped out of bed quickly. I went for physiotherapy and after about 7 weeks the pain in my leg disappeared and it seemed that the prolapse completely healed. On April 10th I was just reaching to a shelf to get something and it felt like I had been shot in my back. The pain was intense and immediately i also had right leg pain down to my foot along with numbness in the right side of my foot. I went to see a consultant who arranged an MRI scan which identified the prolapse. He arranged for me to have a discectomy on 19th June 09 as it wasn't getting any better after about 4 weeks. By the time the date came for the op I was feeling much better with little or no pain but decided to go ahead with the op anyway. I walked 2 miles to the hospital with no pain at all. After the op things were ok until about 5 weeks later when i felt a gradual increase in back pain which then manifested in to leg pain again. I was in bed for 2 weeks as the pain was that bad in my right leg and foot that I could not walk, I had a further MRI scan which identified that the same disc had prolapsed again but worse than before. I had another discectomy on 4th August and walked out of the hospital pain free and on top of the world. I took 3 weeks off work, did no driving, followed the exercise plan and took easy but kept mobile. I went back to work on 24th August and 1 week later the same thing happened i felt a gradual back pain then the leg pain started again. I rang the consultant who arranged an MRI scanwhich identified that the same disc, albeit there not being much left of it, had prolapsed again. I have been off work for 3 weeks as the pain in the back of my thigh is so bad that I cannot walk more than 30 yards without stopping or drive at all which i need to do for my job. My healthcare company will only now cover me for a Rigid Spinal Fusion as they say I have a chronic condition while the consultant disagrees and says I have been unlucky as only 6% of patients have a recurrence. He wants to wait 3 or 4 weeks to see if it corrects itself. But since I went to see him 3 days ago the pain is worse. My doctor has put me on Dihydrocodeine, Pregabalin, Diclofenac, Lanzoprole, Paracetamol and Diazepam. The pain almost completely disappears when I lie down but I want to be up and about. I don't know whether to opt for the Spinal Fusion or another discectomy. Has anyone else been in a similar position?
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