Hello I'm new to this but would like some opinions.
In 2008 I had a bad fall in the British army with alot of weight on my back also carrying a heavy machine gun (GPMG)
When I had the accident I carried on like all soldiers do but noticed I was getting severe pain radiating from my left bum cheek all the way down to the back of my calf especially when I move my leg left forward I.e. straightening my leg sat down, kicking a ball, pressing the clutch on my car ETC. I eventually went to see my doctor who diagnosed me with left sided sciatica.
I agreed with my doctor but the pain started to get worse where it went to my foot.
Again my doctor diagnosed sciatica.
A few weeks later I was running with weight on my back and I could feel my left leg getting weaker and weaker until eventually I fell over because my leg gave way. The doctor again diagnosed me with sciatica. This carried on for nearly a year until I was posted into a recruiting team.
When I went to the new doctor he was very concerned and sent me for an MRI scan. The scan showed I had a severely herniated disk L5 S1. I was put straight on to a rehabilitation course for three weeks. This proved unsuccessful and if anything made the pain worse. I then went to see a pain specialist who gave me a few injections in my back and was straight away put on another rehabilitation course and again made the pain worse!
I then went to see the pain specialist again who gave me an epidural but this did not work at all. I then got posted back to my original regiment and back to my original doctor. (By this time it was 2 and a half years from my original fall) I was starting to get annoyed with my treatment and asked to see a surgeon. The surgeon took fresh MRI scans and I did not hear anything from him for another 7 months as he had moved jobs and allocated me a new surgeon. When this new surgeon called me in he looked at my scans stating that "this is one of the best herniated discs I have ever seen" and suggested a disceptomy. I had the diceptomy a few months later. By this point it was coming up to 4 years from my original fall.
After my surgery I still have pain in my left leg when I extend my leg forward. I told my surgeon this when I had my follow up and he sent me for another MRI scan which came back clear. I therefore have nerve damage in my left leg.
I feel that the time it took for me to get surgery is one of the main causes for this nerve damage but I'd like to see if any other back injury sufferers would agree with me?
Thankyou for taking the time to read this
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