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First visit to neurosurgeon

Hi, I'm just a bit concerned that I will be wasting a neurosurgeons time, I have been suffering with a bad back on and off for a few years now, it start up again bad in October last year I had to take a couple of months off work, I returned to work feeling better but still had slight leg pain, no back pain any way this continued to I kept going back to the doctors who kept giving me pain killers, in the end they referred me for a MRI scan which I had two months ago it showed my L5 disc out and was pushing on my S1 nerve the pain become unbearable, I was put on morphine and anti depressants for the nerve pain finally the pain stopped last week, the doctor also referred me to a neurosurgeon and it was a long wait, my appt is in 2 days! Will it be worth me going as I don't really have any pain only when I lay down on back, takes a while to get back up, I'm still walking with a limp as the bottom of my foot feels funny to walk on and I still have loss of sensation down back of lower leg and side of foot, my toes have come back to life although they when lying down with leg out straight they tend to go numb again but fine when up right.


  • It takes so long to get into a neurosurgeon, you need to keep the appointment - they will probably charge you anyway if you pull out at short notice.

    They may order tests for you. You just need to be honest becaue you do still have symptoms. Also if you break appointments your GP gets a letter from the neuro saying you broke the appt and when you need help, they can use it as an excuse of non compliance.
  • Thank you I think I'm just worried as the pains calmed down so much and if I don't go the pain will be back in a few weeks or month and then the long wait begins again so your right
  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 05/07/2013 - 1:59 AM

    Hi and welcome to Spine Health Sweeny.

    It is not unusual for spinal pain to come and go.
    Just before my first MRI scan my pain improved and I felt much better. I thought that they would say nothing was wrong with me. When I went for the results, I was told things were far worse than they had realised and that I would probably need a spinal fusion. I was amazed because I felt so much better. As I left, the doctor said that they hoped that they didn't see me again for a very long time. I was back in 2 months with my pain bad again. I finally went to see the surgeon and had surgery in about 3 weeks.

    If you are walking with a limp and the bottom of your foot feels 'funny' and you have loss of sensation in your leg, then that rather indicates that there could be nerve compression. As you have to wait so long for an appointment, I suggest that you go and see what he says. It is always a good idea to go with a list of questions that you want to ask. It is so easy to forget them until you are home again. Good luck and please let us know what he says.

  • edited 05/07/2013 - 6:24 AM
    Thank you for reassuring me, I'm just panicking, I'm so worried they are going to tell me I'm ok and there is nothing they can do, for it to come back again a month down the line, I never want to experience ghe pain again, every time it does come back it feels a million times worse.
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    edited 05/07/2013 - 8:17 AM
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  • What a night, I have hardly slept from the pain in my foot, one minute it felt as if it was freezing over the next it's was burning, I have shooting pain and throbbing up my leg and arround my lower back also i now have part of my foot feel soooooo sensitive to touch.. Does this mean its healing?
  • Please tell me you went to your appointment or haven't broken it? I made that decision over a three year span and spent months in pain/months out of pain and finally just said I HAVE to go. I went and found out that some of the issues I had stemmed from me not getting treatment because I thought it would get better. I finally went and underwent a L5/S1 fusion 7 days ago with a neurosurgeon and I am SO glad that I went through with it as I know I am on the road to recovery. Let us know how it goes!
    Olivia Douglass
    MIS TLIF L5/S1 on 5/1/13
  • Thank you for your comment, my appointments tomorrow and I will defiantly be attending, as I don't want to live like this on and off any more.. It's taking over my life I'm due go back to work soon but I'm scared that within weeks I will be signed off again, glad your surgery went well and hope you continue a good road to recovery, will hopefully have some positive news tomorrow.
  • I went to the neursurgeons appointment today, was shocked at how quick it was, anyway he said that I do need surgery his said he would like to do a microdiscectomy on my L5-S1, but now there's another long wait which I wasn't expecting 4-5 months by then I will prob feel absolutely fine but he did say it would be my choice and if I do leave it, no doubt it will return and have to go through the whole waiting game again
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