Hi, I'm Tina, 43 from Peterborough.
My 1st surgery was in 1991; L4/5 microdiscectomy, age 20. Left with sciatica. 2nd surgery in 2002; L5/S1 disc flattened so trimmed?. Nerve damage and muscle weakness resulted in permanent use of wheelchair x6 months; distance 3 years. 3rd surgery 2005 fusion at either L4/5 or L5/S1 ( I have an extra vertebra and consultants couldn't agree which it was.
Throughout the period of 1990 to 2005 I had experienced 7 prolapses through various discs which did settle without surgical intervention.
Following the fusion I made a full recovery lower back-wise, however, the day following surgery I had lost the feeling in my right thumb and following an MRI they diagnosed a prolapsed in my cervical disc. An injection settled the discomfort and apart from a numb thumb it didn't cause me any trouble. It is suspected the prolapse was caused by my unsupported neck during the surgery.In 2011 a continual ear ache suggested my prolapse disc was causing pain in my eustation tubes. A painful physio session resulted in collapse and an MRI diagnosed 2 prolapses. A fusion was performed on one. 2 years later and I am now experiencing continual painful pins and needles in left hand, pain in arm, neck and shoulder. Numbness in index finger. Am awaiting further MRI prior to possible further surgery