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3 degenerated discs and siatica at 32 :(

im 32 and in january i found out by an mri that i had 3 discs that have degenerated and doctors say they are basically unfixable, i also have a nerve that is trapped behind a discs causing siatic pain down my right leg
the first 6 1/2 months were terrible, every second of every hour of every day i was in constant agony, i ended up getting addicted to the painkillers i was on and as i have 3 children i took myself off them, the pain seemed to of got better anyways so it made it easier to not take them, id turned into a rattling tablet bottle. 3 months have gone by and the pain is gradually coming back and includes excruitiating shooting pains down my leg every time i twist, bend or lift anything(even the kettle) i have my first appointment with specialist next monday and am really scared.
i assumed my operation would be about my discs and replacing them but i saw an oestopath in march/april and he told me my biggest problem was the pressure being put on my spinal cord and the operation would probably be to move anything that may be putting the pressure on my spinal cord, if the pressure increases i could end up incontinent
having to consider whether having an operation would be the best idea because i know someone who has ended up worse since being operated on, but can i live in this pain and have the kids having to ask me if im ok 20 times a day because im constantly wincing in pain....hmmmmmm any thoughts????
t thompson
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