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Finally after complaining yo PALS I get to see a surgeon who was horrified to see he hobbled over a walking stick and couldn't believe I hadn't been seen in three months.  He prodded  and poked an rduced me to tears several times but the upshot is I now have to have another MRI as he thinks I have more than three discs herniated.  I have to have an F1 - any ideas? And I apparently have no knee reflexes in the side where I get the rib pain which starts in my back where the discs have herniated.  I'm not sure what any of this means and on my letter to the GP he has put a symbol which I cant find a meaning for.  It looks a bit like a C with two dots inside it.  Any ideas?  Any ideas about the lack of knee reflex?  Any ideas why I have now become clumsy and keep dropping things?

he has now prescribed Gabentin 300mg twice daily.  I have physio coming up but don't know whether I go before I get the result of the next MRI or after!  Any help appreciated.

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    Try and get to see a Neuro specialist.Phsios are not my idea of good at all.I have a prolapsed disc touching a nerve and facet degeneration of another.The physio before he saw the MRI more or less told me that i was imagining te pains.Im not, i spent last new years eve in A and E AFTER a trip down the satirs.Im 61 years old a life in construction so bad backs are the norm.Physio said exercise but its too pianfull .So untill i get a Neuros opiion im not cycling.Physios in ENGLAND deal in CBT. cONGENATL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY. Freudian nonsense.Talking about it as therapy and it goes away.I get numbnes down both legs taht stop at the knees.So untill i get advice from someone more qualified than a Graduate in a white jump suit,i will be taking things very care fully.You only get one back and if things go wrong its not good.Good luck beware of Physios atht talk at you and not to you.Pain is pain.There is no grey area.Hope that you get sorted.
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    Hi I could be pressure on your nerves that's why the pain and lack of reflex you will know after the MRI don't worry have faith ask the docs what they mean they should explain it so you feel more at ease
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    Thenk you for the reply aur448.  This has been going on for so long now I am getting more and more worried.  When I asked whether I would recover they said they had to find out what was going on first.

    i thought the new tablets would help but not yet.  I don't know how long they take bEfore I'm not clock watching for pain relief.

    i can't walk far which means I cant go out.  Do I buy a wheelchair or if I use thst will I end up never getting out of it?  If I stay indoors. I'm going to go mad!

    I don't seem to be able to get sny help  and can't even have a shower on my own.  Can't cook myself a dinner.  I've contacted everyone but nothing.  I'm relying on friends this can't be right.

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      I'm so sorry dol that's sound terrible I think maybe you should get to hospital and get things started no use doing physio if you dnt knw the extent of injury or scans yet because you could end up causing more damage if doin the wrong motions..I'm suffering similar to you but I have an annular tear at my l4 and l5 region I had a nerve root blok done last Wednesday to determine were my pain comes from which was horrible ...it did numb my leg legs but the pains are still there can't sleep prop can't stand long can't sit ... please if you can go and get a good neurosurgeon as they can help dealing with nerve issues which normally is the prob with disc herniation you can't stay at home like that you rather book yourself in and get started go through emergency if you have to pain is created when there's something wrong and if your dropping things it's worse please go ..let me know hw it goes..God bless you
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