Hi my name is Ellen, Im 35 and from the UK.
I have been reading this site for a few days now after a friend found it for me, its made really interesting reading, so I thought I would join in!
I had a disectomy on a prolapsed disc (L5) about five years ago. I had two others that had prolapsed but they said at the time they were not 'serious' enough for surgery.
Anyway straight after the operation it was fantastic!
I thought my problems were over....but they werent.
I still have major 'flare ups' and had to give up my job as a care assistant a few months after my operation.
In september last year I started at Uni on a nursing course, as I was then fighting fit. Unfortunately it didnt last and now two weeks into my placement I have had another setback and am on the sick. I was in major pain, I had been taking Codeine Phosphate for the pain, that was changed last week to Tramadol (which did nothing). So yesterday I was prescribed Fentanyl patches (25mcg/hr) and tonight I feel really good! They seem to be working :0)
Sorry for the long post, I just wanted to give you a bit of my 'history'.
I am lucky in that my partner is also a physiotherapist, so she helps me a lot.
Thats all I can think of to say at the moment!
I look forward to 'meeting' all of you and having a chat.