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Multiple bulging discs diagnosis

TwinksxxTTwinksxx Posts: 5
edited 05/07/2015 - 1:29 AM in Chronic Pain
I'm new to the site so please bear with me if I go into too long a story but would appreciate any help/support hugely.
After more than 6 years of trying to make my gp believe how severe the pain was in the upper & lower part of my back I was finally referred to the pain management dept. Actually I would rather not bore you with details of how awful they were and concentrate on the situation I'm in now.
I have received a diagnosis after having an mri scan and it has me very worried indeed.
More so the options I may have & who to listen to for the best way to go? I have multiple bulging discs in C3-5 and more severe ones in L 2-6. Also arthritis. I first began having back pain badly approx 10 years ago but was only given codeine and nothing more was done, (I was 38 then)
As the pain rapidly got worse I had to push & push for yrs before finally reaching the point I am at now, only 10 yrs older.
I am waiting to speak to my consultant regarding the options of treatment and I'm so afraid of choosing the wrong 1!
I can barely stand the pain I'm in as it is even with the endless medication I'm taking, and all I want is to be free from the pain no matter which treatment I have. If it's worse afterwards then I will be resigned to a wheelchair within a few yrs.
I still feel young & want to enjoy being a part of my grandsons lives not sit at home in too much pain!
I would be sincerely grateful for any response what so ever so thank you for taking time out to read my message.


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  • i joined this site 2days ago too...
    i know what kinda pain you are in coz i think we have a related problem...making a decision is hard since you really wanna be out of that pain...every time i try to get anyone advice me on surgery they tell me its the last option when you have nothing else to try...i just turned 21 mark you and im in this too...
    lets hope God sees us through...pain aint really our portion
    all the best though...we all will get through this...we are meant to anyway

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