Two operations still in pain

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Hi, I had my first disceptomy at the age of 21 as I had a prolapsed disk and was in a lot of pain. Now at the age of 24 I had the surgery again as the same disk L4/5 had prolapsed again. I had my second surgery 3 weeks ago, I am still in agony with the pain and have to see my surgeon again tomorrow. Has anyone else had to have a few operations? I was told that only a maximum of 3 operations will be carried out before they look at other options such as a fusion or removing the disc completely and replacing with a metal disc?! Any advice would be great.

Sally

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    I've had one lot of surgery and looking at a second operation for the same thing as your self . My doc said he wouldn't be looking at fusion as it's more damaging and risky, but I've heard that disc replacement can be benifical. But in all onestly one operation after the other may cause us more damage than good, scare tissues affecting nerve s ect . Infections, it's pretty debilitating living with back problems. But the process and pain we have to go through to get the help we need is appalling. I understand they have to try other methods but it's a very long drawn out process. You basically have to loose feeling s in limbs bladder or bowels beforehand they operate. Debilitating pain over time and the quality of life we have because of it, should be enough to warrant surgical intervention.

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      Thanks for your reply, I know it's really frustrating I'm quite lucky as I have been referred to a private hospital through the NHS with one of the best Neurosurgeons, im just a bit concerned if I have the operation a 3rd time why they think that would work if it hasn't the previous 2 if that makes sense! There's no way I can live with the pain I've been bed bound for the last 3 days as I can barely walk with the pain!

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      Iam totally with you I've spent 3 n half wks bed bound on and off over that last 6 wks and even when not bed bound am having to rest like to day . I've also been referred to private hospital via nhs to one of the best neurosurgeon s . There s no guarantee a 3 op will work. My vision whos 36 had her 3rd op same thing as believe it's hereditary. She now permintly has a numb leg and drop foot . Scarey . Her s what's all private treatment.

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    I'm in the same boat. Had part of disk removed L5 at 20 now 32 and have to get surgery again been bearable the last 12 years but in excruciating pain now the only thing that seems to ease the pain is Pilates. Been out off work for the last year which is hard. Had an MRI scan last week so hopefully get results very soon. I feel you pain and hopefully you get better soon.

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