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Not sure whether to go through with Discectomy L4/L5

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Everyone

Just wanted some advice really and to see if anyone is in the same situation. I have a discectomy booked for next week and I am in two minds whether to go through with it. Last july i had my first child and 8 weeks later my problems started again far worse than I've ever experienced. I was hospitalised twice, spent four months housebound and on high doses of painkillers. Very recently I have been able to get out and about and I am starting to enjoy life again and my little boy. The pain is still there and im very aware that it could go again at any minute but its not a fraction of how painfull it was and I am able to walk again. Im worried that surgery will set me back and the thought of not being able to pick up my son for 6 weeks is going to kill me. Im so confused......Would i be mad not to go through with it? Also another question that springs to mind is falling pregnant again after surgery. I do eventually want a sibling for my little boy and how would by back cope with that if I have the op?


  • Hi Jade

    Although I don't have any specific answers for you, I just wanted to say that it perfectly normal to feel how you do. I am in the same position regarding a fusion due in three weeks. Like yourself, sometimes it is horrific and I become bedridden, other times (like now), I have pain but it is more than copable.However, this ultimately gives me quite a poor quality of life on the whole because in my case, I have created a lot of fear in terms of 'what might happen', so as a consequence, I don't drive far or do a great deal. What I have learned about my own issue however, over the weeks is what sets it off and I try and avoid doing that, although it takes quite some time to work that out with instability. You will get a wide range of experiences on this forum and a lot of support. I think though, that only you can answer that question with the help of your medical experts as they know your individual case and we are all different. Even if we have had the same op there are likely to be differences.

    Like I say, you are not alone as there are a lot of people on the forum in the same position as us.

    Good luck with everything and I am sure that you will make the right choice for yourself.

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