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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in New Member Introductions
My name's Russ - I'm from Leeds in the UK. I've suffered from lower back pain/sciatica for years. Was diagnosed after MRI scan with DDD and a slight herniation somewhere in my lower back. I've so far managed 'conservative' treatment with various degrees of success. Surgeons over here seem very reluctant to operate! But now am considering having an op or at least an epidural injection. My back pain has got really disabling - I'm off work sick at moment find riding my motorbike difficult and even going to the pub is a major ordeal - I really need to get sorted. I'd like to hear the general consensus on spinal surgery.


  • Welcome Russ. I think you can get a better idea on the "Back Surgery" forum. Tons of info there and a lot of members from UK.
  • Welcome back!! I had fusion to L4/5 in 2003. I struggled with back and leg paid for several years trying to avoid it.
    Did PT, ice, heat, injections. Had 1 Lamectomy in 1999 that failed and had to do a revision a week later. I didn't realize until after the fusion how much pain I was really in. Wish I had done it sooner. The leg pain was gone and has never returned. I do still have to baby my back or it gets sore. No repetitive bending at the waist or sitting for long periods.
  • Russ , it is great to have you here....thanks for coming... :)
  • :) i and welcome to the new forum! we are still here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry to hear you are having severe back pain. trying the conservative treatments is such the way to go before having surgery. i would think an epidural might work wonders for you. good luck and i hope to see you around the forum. Jenny :)
  • Thanks for the welcome!.....I had an epidural about 10 years ago - it hurt at the time and wasn't done under scan but I think it worked for a while, I've also had a facet joint injection. I'm hoping an epidural sorts me out to some extent - I'm in a lot of pain, can't sleep, find it hard to relax and can't settle on any medication [only Tramadol seems to work on the sciatica and I don't want to be addicted]. I'll trade the leg pain for a bit of stiffness now and again for sure....I'll see what the surgeon says. Watch this space!
  • Russ, glad you made it here.
    Best of luck with your surgeon and keep us posted..

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