My name is Nick, I live in the UK and am going in for a discectomy on my lower left side (I didn't note the numbers of the disc... sorry everybody here is very med - tech involved...l)
After looking round this site for 5 minutes, I am an amateur with very little to moan about....... but I'm here now so, I thought I may get some answers to my questions... here is the scenario:
I'm 32, up until a year ago ran a few marathons did a triathlon and weighed about 13 and a bit stones (bit porky round the sides but I liked a pint of Guiness or two as well)
In October 2008 I get pain in my left leg. I thought I'd pulled my hammy (hamstring) so sat tight and waited for it to recover. It didn't. It was Sciatica, the pain runs down my left butt-cheek straight down the back of my leg and into my ankle. Sometimes the pain just manifests itself in one particular area. Most days I can walk to the shops in no more than mild discomfort. I have tried riding my bike too but that just hurts the back of my leg.
I went off work in Jan 2009, as I can't sit down in a chair without my leg, locking / cramping. It's odd but I can lie down on my back and walk often enough though most times it's because I'm on codeine or tramadol.
I had 2 x epidural type cordial lots of 4-5 injections which didn't appear to do much, 10 weeks of physio, and a root nerve block. (Which by the way was a rubbish day out but interesting to watch it happening on a big screen whilst somebody holds you down and asks inane questions...)
It's now November and I live on 8 heavy pain killers a day and try not to take more.
On December 7th I have a discectomy scheduled. 5 weeks after this I start a job - no lifting it's a lecturing job and I want to be fit to go at least a few days a week.
So the op is a week tomorrow, I hope I'm doing the right thing. It's not that I am scared, I am bothered that if this is the wrong decision for me then it's real life changing stuff. I've waited a year for this operation on the NHS so I can't really turn it down and feel I have no other choices as my quality of life is (from what I have been used to, pretty rubbish) I can't go on not being able to sit in a chair for the rest of my life and waking up every 5 hours in leg pain.
Anybody got any advice?
I'm moving in with the Old ma and Pa so they can keep an eye on me for a month after the operation. My pain is in my leg and butt rather than my back, though my back is stiff from lying on a bed for 12 months. I have also lost 2 stone in weight in the last 4 months (I think this is due to one meal a day only, rather than diabetes or cancer.)
I think that covers my position, anybody who has any positive encouragement or advice, I'd love to hear it.