I am from the UK and was diagnosed at the age of 13 with spondylolithesis L5. I was offered fusion surgery way back then, but I refused it. On the basis that I was a frightened child. 20 years later and now that L5 bone is now fractured into god knows how many pieces. I am still undergoing scans and specialists appointments to find out. The NHS is not at its best at the moment, and I have been told that there is no type of surgery available for me. Only pain management for the rest of my days, which just depresses me. I have a 1 year old and an 11 year old son. I did have a baby boy back in 2009, but he died shortly after being born.
I have just had a course of pain relief with a tens machine, which didn't do anything, I have an appointment with an acupuncturist in a week or 2, and if that dosnt work I will be offered the injections. I know I have lots of other problems around my L5, but no one is making it clear what's going on. I have nerve compression as I suffer pain in my right leg,my mobility is terrible and if I drop anything then it stays there until someone else can pick it up. I feel useless around the house and hate having other people do the jobs I should be doing.
I am on Gabepantin, Ibuprofen and Amytriptolene (sorry if spelt wrong. Its stopped a great deal of the pain, but not helping me improve my life. I need help with excersizing and mobility, but the support just isnt there.
I just want to make contact with others who suffer with the same amount of daily,24 hour pain that I do, as no one really understands me.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.