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Hi.. I've just joined and very new to this.
I am currently on the NHS waiting list for a L5/S1 Discectomy. The pain started end of August last year. I had a prolapsed disc 6 years ago, L5/S1, but it sorted itself out within 7 weeks. But, since then, every few months I get low back pain for about 3 days then it goes. This time tho it didn't go. The pain got worse and worse! I went to my Dr who is great. She referred to physio. That made it worse. I then paid to see a chiropractor..again it didn't help at all. The sciatic pain has been excruciating..down my left buttock, thigh and back of knee. I've got weakness in my left foot aswell. I'm on Gabapentin, Codeine and paracetamol..and it's taking the worst of it away. Yesterday and today, I have felt a slight burning in my right buttock!! No back pain..Just this burning. Do I leave it.. see what happens or see my Dr or ring my spinal team.? I'm scared it's going to progress like the left side! On my MRI scan, the L5/S1 is a large prolapse, L4 has also prolapsed but not touching nerves. I also have DDD in those 2 discs. Any advice will be great.. thankyou
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