I wonder if anyone can help me with this one. I have been diagnosed provisionally by an osteopath with a prolapsed disc in my lower back. I had an MRI scan on Monday (very very painful as I cannot lie on my back at all) and am awaiting the results. I read somewhere that you can recover from a prolapse without surgery, is this true?
Also it says the bigger the prolapse the more severe the symptoms. I am in agony. My symptoms were initially bearable, I was on no painkillers and while I was still in pain I was able to go to work and function but I stupidly went to an osteopath (not the one that provisionally diagnosed me with a prolapsed disc) asking him if he could help me.
I told him that I had been to the hospital and they had diagnosed me as having a herniated disc and that I needed physiotherapy, I went along for a few sessions but felt I was getting nowhere, until one session when the physiotherapist pressed his thumbs into my lower back and the pain disappeared instantly, a couple of days later, I started getting sciatic pain in my right leg. This was apparently the point when my herniated disc burst and became a prolapsed disc.
I did not know any of this at this time. So thinking that the physiotherapist didn't know what he was doing I went to this osteopath, telling him what had occurred so far. He told me there was nothing wrong with my discs and that I just had a severe strain in my lower back and proceeded to bend both my legs backwards until my toes touched my bottom.
After this session the pain I was feeling went into orbit and I have been in unbearable agony ever since, I am on morphine to control the pain, I cannot walk, sit, stand, lie down, drive, work, anything. I need to be looked after as I cannot look after myself without help.
Is it possible that this osteopath made the prolapse far worse than it was by the way he treated me? He was very rough and I had a finger nail cut mark in my back that my mother and sister both saw. I could really do with some advice regarding this as I feel that potentially this man has done serious damage to my back.
Also can a prolapse heal naturally as I am terrified of the prospect of surgery and want to avoid it at all costs. I am saying all of this however, aware that I do not yet have the MRI results and they could reveal something completely different but at this point I think it is a prolapsed disc in my lower back that is impinging on the nerves in my right leg.
I would be most grateful if anyone can help me out here as I am in severe pain even with the morphine and other pain killers.
Kind regards and sorry this post was so long!