I'm new to this site. I've had severe back problems since the birth of my last child 5 years ago.
I wasn't taken serously about my pain until I paid privately to have an MRI done. This revealed to disc bulges, another with an anular tear.
I was originally told I could not be considered for surgery as I hadn't tried all other avenues yet. Which looking back was fair enough. I've now tried everything I could to help myself and seek help from others and my pain is no better in fact I've become stiffer. The mornings are unbearable for me, I have to wake myself up about two hours before I can get out of bed to be able to see to my kids.
My last visit to hospital was 10th January where I was told my only hope was spinal fusion. only one layer though which I thought was strange!!
Anyway, I was bluntley told I had to loose weight and stop smoking.
I know, I know, the smoking is a bad habit but I have three girls 4,9 and 14 and they argue all the time, had a terrible first marriage and when I was stuck in bed for months at a time unable to move, I got low and started smoking again.
I keep trying to loose the weight, after I went in January, I was on a strict diet and lost 8lbs in 2 weeks. I was thrilled but my back broke down again and I ended up in bed and I've put it back on.
This problem prevents me from loosing it and keeping it off. Its awful.
I have to go monday to start the smoking clinic which I'm not looking forward to, but I'll just see how it goes but I'm so worried if I stop smoking I'll pile even more weight on and I want to be as healthy and fit as I can before I have the surgery.
I'm also worried that they havent fully investigated my pain source properly as i have mid back pain and pain in my hips. gnawing pains in the top fronts of my legs!
How long does the operation last? I know recovery is long....
Has anyone else had to loose weight and/or stop smoking before this proceedure?
I need help....
Thanks for listening.