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l5s1 problems anyone

hoggsterhhoggster ScotlandPosts: 54
Large Prolapsed disc l5s1 looking for advice had mri do you think it can heal itself ive been off work 13weeks as I am a landscape gardener help please cheers


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875

    It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. Here are some questions that you
    should answer:

    • - When did this first start?
      - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
      - What doctors have you seen?
      - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
      - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results
      - What medications are you currently using?
      - Has surgery been discussed as an option?
      - What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

    Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
    of your situation and make it easier to respond.

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    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • hoggsterhhoggster ScotlandPosts: 54
    edited 12/14/2014 - 5:38 AM
    Is on my other topic large l5s1 disc prolapse the reason for this post was to see if anyone has had treatment at XXXXX thanks

    5.10 You agree not to post specific physician names or health care facilities names on Spine-Health.com.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    edited 11/27/2014 - 7:08 PM
    but we really could use some detail information. I read your other thread, but I still think the more you can give us, the better we can help you
    As far as someone from Scotland, I know of one gentleman from there. I haven't heard from him in a while though.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • hoggsterhhoggster ScotlandPosts: 54
    I am 42 6'3 athletic build landscape gardener I used to play squash very high standard , football running etc ive been treated for sciatica for about 6 years but I normally take some co codamol 30/500 and get on with it never off my work ,but in august this year it just went no reason and ive not been back since doctors orders 13 weeks , nhs physio will not treat me until neurosurgeon has seen me I was referred there on 7th October and still waiting for appointment my referral letter from mri reads large posterolateral disc prolapse L5S1which compresses and narrows the thecal sac , with compression of the left L5 nerve roots . My sytoms are pain shooting and stabbing pain left calf, foot numbness and pins needles pain up and down whole leg ive now got pain under control after lots of trial and error nightmare to be truthfull after trial of gabapentin morphine paracetamol diazapam im now on as follows daily.

    20mg amitriptylene morning
    3x 400mg ibrufon
    8 x 30/500mg co codamol
    50mg amitriptylene nightime
    3x versatis patches cut in half so I can have 24 hour cover (lidocaine dentists jag 5%over 12hours)

    any advice would be much appreciated

  • hoggsterhhoggster ScotlandPosts: 54
    Well Friday 28/11/14 I phoned neurosurgeon at hospital to be told oh you will be seen before the end of December yipee not that takes me to the fuul 12 week waiting time even the doctor that done the mri sent another letter on the 20/11/14 to say more pain is coming back oh the good old nhs I did look at going private but with not working I don't have a spare 10k in my pocket and the surgeon would be the same as nhs with a difference of 4 weeks no thaks I'll wait anyone else waiting forever
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 11/29/2014 - 8:02 AM
    Anything that indicates CES, (search at the top) bladder problems, loss of feeling anywhere 'down there', inside thighs, basically any part of you that would come into contact with a saddle riding a horse is considered a 'Red Flag' issue in England. Meaning you should be sitting with your neuro within a week. Keep an eye out for that sort of thing.

    There are members of my family that are really good at hassling the NHS & getting seen by specialists. A lot depends on where you're living & how busy they are. I'm sorry. Make sure you're on a cancellation list & phone a few times to see if an appointment opens up.

    You're right! You'll be seeing the same surgeon & paying a lot to do it. If it becomes an emergency situation you'll be seen as fast on the NHS as anywhere with any insurance. I know it's horrible waiting but so much with spine problems is waiting! Ugh!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • hoggsterhhoggster ScotlandPosts: 54
    Not got any symptoms of incontinence , but when I pass urine I cant feel it ?as if you were to nip it I cant stop it no sensation , phoned hospital told me not to worry but any changes the numbness incontinence etc to phone 999 , I have to phone doc in morning and neurosurgeon wiil keep you posted on outcome
  • Hey! How did the phone calls go? My brother-in-law manages a group of practices. If your Neuro didn't give you a fast appointment you need to push the loss of feeling. As I said the NHS 'rule' is you should be seen within a week. I hope this is making them get their wiggle on!!!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • hoggsterhhoggster ScotlandPosts: 54
    I got got microdissection to l5s1 on fri 4/12/14 will update soon
  • hoggsterhhoggster ScotlandPosts: 54
    I got microdiscctomy l5s1 and likely ces symptoms doctor said operation was successful but I still have some of the symptoms spoke to his secretary and she said if its still like 4/5weeks phone back , has anyone else had operation and still got some of the symptoms
  • nor does it alleviate all of the symptoms you experience prior to surgery. Surgery corrects the problem but your body and nerves need time to heal and recover. That's why it is so important to follow the post op restrictions and limitations until your surgeon clears you to return to your activities.

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