I am a 49 year old woman, and had surgery just over six weeks ago - spinal decompression at L4/L5, and discectomy at L5/S1.
I suffered with sciatica for nearly 30 years, and coped on Tramadol quite well, until late last year, when pain on a whole new scale, followed by loss of feeling in my left leg, left me needing surgery.
The op has been a success in terms of pain reduction and getting the sensation back, but now I feel a bit deflated as I think my expectations were unrealistic. I imagined a cure, I suppose, but the reality is I am left with limitations, and I have to adjust to them - mainly in my working life.
I have a job I love, but won't be able to do properly, and at 49 I feel a bit 'left on the shelf' if that makes sense?
Anyhow, realising there are people who are far worse off than me, I joined here to get some perspective, and hopefully find some support, and also offer it to others.
So that's me. I hope to chat to some of you soon