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Hello All! l5/S1 28yr old,Female,Australia

shez1325sshez1325 Posts: 49
edited 12/21/2014 - 4:34 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi All,

Just posting to introduce myself I guess. I am new to forums. Thanks to everyone who shares their stories it has helped me so much so I am hoping to do the same by sharing my story and hope,I can give positive encouragement along the way!!

I am 2days post op for L5/S1 microdiscectomy and decompression. I have started to post on my recovery in Surgery recovery thread.

I had pretty bad sciatic pain and could hardly walk for the last fortnight before surgery from the herniated disc. Had 1 ESI with no improvement and about 4 weeks of physio. It all started with a sore lower back which I did not really think much of. Then the pain of sciatica. Finally got to physio a few months after the pain started. With no improvement after about 3 physio sessions was sent for CT to find cause of pain. Herniated disc. was sent to see orthopaedic spine specialist and sent for epidural steroid injection. With no improvement saw specialist 6days later and following day had surgery.

Hope everyone is on the path to recovery soon. And thanks agin for sharing it has really helped me!

Cheers. X


  • Owie_999OOwie_999 Posts: 176
    edited 12/20/2014 - 7:21 PM
    You will likely find here that we are lucky to have the health system we have. No trying to get authorisation from insurance companies or Medication issues with PM's & pharmacies.

    Sounds like so far you're doing well. I hope your recovery goes smoothly.

    Microdiscectomy L5S1 January 2014
    Microdiscectomy L5S1 March 2014
    Fusion L5S1 11th August 2014
  • Yes fingers crossed for recovery hey! Yes it seems like we r lucky for our health system if u have adequate health insurance that is. I would hate to see how the public system would treat a problem like this. I have to wait for my insurance to rule out pre existing but surely I should get reimbursed.
    Last thing anyone needs whilst dealing with pain is more obstacles. I remember when I was younger I used to just think doctor's could fix u if u got sick , ha, where's that magic wand !

  • BenjiBBenji Posts: 2
    edited 03/24/2015 - 9:02 PM
    I am a 36 yr old male, who was very active. I am in a similar situation with a herniated disc (L5-SI) on the left side putting pressure on the nerve and causing pain from my left buttock to the back of the knee. I'm currently in Thailand on a tourist visa. It was supposed to be a fun trip but 6 weeks ago all that changed with the start of the sciatic pain, now I'm keeping walking to a minimum. I've seen doctors here for opinions on surgery options and prices ($12k aud for endoscopic distectomy at xxxx hospital bangkok), my experience here has been good so far and they even give opinions and prices over email (I sent them the MRI report, images and x-rays) and also visited them in person.

    I've been disappointed so far by private Australian doctors who can't provide a ball park figure for a standard case such as mine, even with the very detailed MRI report, images and x-rays and my description of my physical examinations. They want me to fly home before they'll tell me anything. 2 have been good, giving me options on treatment but still no prices.

    My decision to undergo surgery has time/financial considerations given that I am in a lot of pain and currently in Thailand. In Thailand, I can have surgery within a week, however, I would like to be in Australia where I have family and friends.

    I am trying to work out if it is worth the cost and time to make a painful and uncomfortable flight home to Brisbane only to be further disappointed that I have to wait another 2-4 weeks (or more?) for treatment at a potentially greater cost than here in Thailand.

    I would like to be able to compare treatment options and cost between what is available here in Thailand and Australia without having to jet-set across the globe but, at the moment I can't.

    The Australian doctors remind me of tradies, I believe the doctors would have provided surgery to many patients with similar problems to mine and therefore the cost to me would be similar, I don't believe my case is out of the ordinary.

    I will be flying home to Brisbane, but if I can't get the treatment in a suitable time frame I'll be flying back to Bangkok but I'd rather avoid the stuff around. I hope once i get home I'll be pleasantly surprised.

    Shez, can you please advise what you paid for this procedure? I would like to hear from anyone else who's experienced this

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