Help!!! I just got a huge shock yesterday. My MRI scan results seem to show that I have a large prolapsed disc in my lower back (don't know which disc yet) and that I need an operation and the surgeon wants to do it in the next week or so. The hospital is going to call me on Monday to arrange a pre-admission appointment with the neurosurgeon to discuss the scan results and the operation. I am terrified, I have heard so many horror stories. I live in England and we have the National Health Service (NHS) so my treatment is free.
I really would like some good advice. Is surgery necessary? I have had this excruciating pain in my lower back and right leg (sciatica) for 5 weeks. Its so bad that I was put on morphine to control the pain. My symptoms have not changed or lessened at all in this time. I am literally disabled, I cannot walk, sit, stand, drive, work, lie down. I need to be looked after and my life has come to a complete stand still. I am 39 years old and I have never had any surgery on my back before.
Is surgery the only option? If it is, does anyone know which types of surgery are available and which is the best? Could this heal on its own? I'm so scared about this and I think I'm still in shock to be honest.
I would really really appreciate anyone's comments, suggestions or advice.
Sorry for long post
Warm regards to you all out there