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First Post - Torn Disc

lisabllisab Posts: 1
edited 03/20/2013 - 3:48 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello i am 35 and since having children ( 7 & 5 year old) I have suffered with a bad back. The last 2 years it has been extremely painful and the pain starts in the center at the very bottom of my back and travels around to my right hip into my groin and right buttock and sometimes but not very often down my right leg. I have what I call a flare up every 4-6 weeks whereby the pain/pressure is so intense I have gone to a&e as i cant cope. It only lasts a few days then goes however; daily I have aches and find it hard to sleep comfortably but this I can deal with.
I have had xrays which are normal and 2 mri's which shows the very last disc in my back is shriveled (like a raisin as opposed to oval and white like an egg) and that I have a slight tear. I have been told that nothing can be done surgically. I had a nerve root block in November which was fantastic I had relief for 3 months. However it is not a permanent fix and does wear off. I had another one last week which was done by a different consultant that hasn't seemed to work. When the pain is bad I take morphine as nothing else will relive the pain.
My concern is that my consultant really isn't suggesting anything or looking at other options or investigating further. He is quite happy for me to have spinal blocks and use medication. I don't want to sound ungrateful but to me this is not the answer I am 35 and don't want to be on medication long term.
Does anyone else have similar problems or suggestions?
Many Thanks


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 03/20/2013 - 4:09 AM
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