Hi all, just had 11 months of severe lower right abdominal pain - hip, groin, lower right area, every doctor I have seen looking for hernia/appendicitis/bowel problems. I have had every scan available at least twice - my folder is 2" thick. With pain getting worse and practically overdosing on co-codamol & diclofenac, the hip specialist recommended that I saw a spinal consultant. The spinal consultant then sent me for a further MRI and xray which detailed the 'pars defect' on left side (L5/S1) and displaced L5 vertebrae (moved out of alignment, I had trouble in this area when I was about 10 (now 51!) wore a brace for a month or so. I didn't think for a minute this would cause problems 40 years on. The spinal surgeon offered me a spinal cortisone injection/nerve block as a daycase under general anaesthetic, which was earlier this week. I walked into theatre wondering why I was doing this to myself, and woke up an hour later, to absolutely no pain whatsoever. Since the injections in my L5 area, my pain has 95% gone. I really really just can't believe it. Amazing. I was in so much trouble before and didn't know what an earth I was going to do to get out of my awful situation.
My question is - what happens next. I asked the surgeon whether I would have another injection when this wears off - he said 'we'd have to talk about it' - I am not sure what he means by this, I can't live with that kind of pain again (admitted to hospital 2 weeks ago and even morphine didn't help!). Or because it's a 'par defect' and in effect a stress fracture, maybe it won't heal will keep crunching around so I guess could affect/irritate the nerves if left. Does anyone know what the best treatment is for this type of injury/defect and what I should expect next - so I can prepare myself. Thank you,