I am nearly 60 and I have had problems with my back for over 40 years. I live in the South West of England. My back wasn't investigated until I had a problem with my foot "sticking" to the ground especially when I was tired. I was originally sent to a neurologist as my G.P. thought I could have Parkinsons disease. After several neurological tests I was sent for a Dat scan and a full spine MRI.
Where it was found that I had a fracture at L5 S1 and the nerve roots were being compressed.
I paid to see a neurosurgeon privately as the waiting list was so long. He confirmed my spine needed to be fused as I have nerve damage. I no longer have reflexes in my ankles or knees. My legs are very weak I am having problems climbing stairs especially if I am trying to carry something in both hands (that makes it impossible). It takes me for ever now to do simple tasks like housework as I have to keep resting to readjust my back. My great love of cooking and gardening are all but disappeared as to do them causes so much pain. Even though I have a perch stool to help in the kitchen.
I am a Grandma to a very active 5 year old who I can not enjoy like I should be able to,as Grandma can not even manage to go for a walk. And I am soon to be a Grandma again in September.
I am dreading my operation but long to have a least a chance of being more active again. This being the UK,although I am on the urgent list for my surgery (due to some bad falls and the fact I have 2 disabled daughters who need my help) I have no idea when a bed will be available.
I have been reading the forums for months and it has given me a great deal of help to understand what is happening to me. Hopefully by telling my story it may help someone else.