I am so glad I found this forum, let me tell you a bit about me. I am a 50 yr old female :OO
I first hurt my back when doing a simple household task in Oct 07. At that point it was suggested that I should have surgery as an MRI had confirmed a L4-L5 prolapse. I declined as I wanted to see if conservative treatment would work. After 5 months of unrelenting pain and decreasing mobility I was left with no other option but to agree to a microdiscectomy which was done in March 08
This led to immediate relief before the pain came sxcreaming back with the post op swelling which of course was to be expected. I progressed slowly over the next 12 months albe it I was still on tramadol, arthrotec and gabapentin. By March I was desperate to reduce my meds and was in fact walking regularly doing 5-6 mile walks in all terrains.
in July we got a new bed as hubby was suffeting lots of joint and muscle pain and we decoeded on a memory foam bed. he found it excellent but for me it was a tad sopft and I had issues turning over. About 2 weeks aftyer we got it I turned and fely a pop and pain screaming down my leg. This time it reached my toes (pre op it was to my knee, post op swelling made it reach toes)
I felt as though I was back at the begining again. I have had the tramadol increased along with the gabapentin being maxed out but I am still in agony. We are going to get a new bed tomorrow after I finally admitted defeat.
To be honest, I dont know why I am posting apart from the fact that I have been reading the forums and see other people with problems too and realise that I am not alone and that this is not all in my head.
I can feel the black cloud of depression hovering over me and I know that I am heading down that slippery slope. I am crying daily over silly things, I am waking at 2am nightly, I have no concentration and I am so irritable. I am seeing my doctor today and will tell her about this as I don't know if the depression is being triggered by the horrendous chronic pain or some domestic issues that we have (my mum lives with us and hubby and her are not really seeing eye to eye since he was made redundant although they got on so well)
Bah, now I have bored you all to tears (|: Thanks for letting me get all this out as so much has been getting bottled up.