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Discectomy L5/S1 after 14 years of suffering

Keith HulbertKKeith Hulbert Posts: 1
edited 01/28/2014 - 7:50 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Back in 2000 I had two disc protrusions, L4/L5 and L5/S1 totally paralysed taken into hospital maxed out on morphine. Couldn't even lift my head off the pillow an inch. I never experienced pain of this magnitude. After a couple of weeks I was discharged, still unable to walk more than 10 yards, couldn't sit down for another six weeks. Determined not to give up I started doing the exercises given by the physio's and carrying them out religiously. Eventually the pain subsided but I was left with sciatic damage from my left hip to the tip of my toes numbness and pins and needles, with a burning sharp stabbing pain on the outside of my left foot. I could put up with the discomfort of the leg but every so often I'd get sharp shooting pains down the leg and across the top of the buttocks. When this occurred the only surgery offered was disc fusion, an operation my aunt had a couple of years earlier and she got worse, I know my situation could have been totally different but I wasn't taking the chance, so I put up with the pain and discomfort. 2007 I had a relapse this time only L5/S1 had protruded no change to the nerve but back pain was excruciating again. Once again strict form doing the exercises got me back on my feet again. Since 2007 being careful not taking too many risks unable to keep doing sports, which was hard to give up. Bringing you up to date, in the last couple of years I was getting worse. I developed a limp and unable to walk any distance I had muscle wastage of the left calf nearly 50%. So I decided enough was enough at this rate I'll be housebound. Arranged to see a consultant at xxx hospital London. Discussed what I was going though he gave me the confidence to have the surgery. The operation was carried out, I had a L5/S1 discectomy I was told by the surgeon that the protrusion had basically turned to bone and he had to chip it all away until the nerve was freed and he assured me that it's now moving freely. I had no pain when I came round after surgery, and a week later still no pain,the raw pain on the outside of my foot has diminished considerably, still have the pins and needles but the numbness has nearly gone. I'm not walking with a limp now and it's only been a week. I will now under go the hardest test I have set my goals high. I want to be able to jog/run no limping get back to normal life. On what I've put up with and what I've had done, would I recommend the operation so far it's a no brainier. Go for it.

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  • Your story is the same as mine...got hurt in 1998..be dealing with it since then till it got unbearable...had discectomy 4 weeks ago...pain free right after surgery...however now I am have sever nerve pain in my lower back, especially after sitting down...it so painful...do you get this pain at all??
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