Hello, I am known as admiralsmurf. In 1983 I had two discs removed from the lower lumbar region of my spine. After three months of physio I was deemed fit enough to go back to work. I was an international truck driver.
Starting in 1994 I had the exact symptoms as I had in the early '80s. Ex-ray showed nothing, physio did me no good but then I had an MRI scan in LGI. This scan showed that I had scare tissue growing on the nerve in my spine around the 4 & 5 lower lumbar region.
I was told that the surgeon whould operate on me come monday. Monday came and so did my breakfast. I enquired about having an op so I should'nt have food. I was told no op. My McClaren saw me later and explained that if he opened me up and started scraping away at the tissue and knicked the nerve, then I could lose the use of my legs. Better to have pain and walk than not have use of my legs.
I have been diagnosed this since 1997 and am on a bucketful of medication including Morphine and Oramorph which I take as and when I feel too much pain.
It is so good to find this website with people who know what I am talking about.