Ive only just found you and was hoping you could help me out.
Ive had terrible lumbar pain for about 4 years now which all the GP's I saw refused to address, I developed Sciatica about a year ago which over the last 6 months has got a lot worse. I now have no feeling in my right thigh and pain all the way down my leg (and sometimes the other leg too) it has left me walking like a crab as I have developed a severe pelvic tilt to prevent loading. I got to the stage where I was crawling around the floor in tears and all my GP did was pump me full of Diazepam etc while I was sat on the waiting list for the back service.
It was only when I started to have have slight waterworks problems they took me seriously, I was sent straight up to A&E and had an MRI the next day. 3 weeks later I got my results which showed my L4/L5 & L5/S1 discs had turned into what looked like a grey mush on the MRI. That was friday and I am being admitted for a double discectomy tomorrow.
What terrifies me is that it has all happened so quickly I havent had a chance to discuss the pros/cons of having the surgery. To make things worse, my sister had a discectomy followed by a fusion about 5 years ago and it has left her with so much scar tissue she lives in a near vegetative stated dosed up on dihydrocodiene.
I started a new job a couple of months ago which I love and has taken me 10 years to find but it involves alot of time in the car.
I really dont know whether Im doing the right thing or not.