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Discectomy Two Years on - sudden problems

flyingfishfflyingfish Posts: 1
edited 08/02/2015 - 9:23 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hi. I tend to avoid these types of forums as they seem to throw up alarming worst case scenarios, but I was wondering if anyone had any insight into my particular circumstances.

My history in brief is that after years of back pain I suffered a very rapid deteriation in 2013 and had an emergecny discectomy due to severe cauda equina compression. I had rapidly developed scoliois, a numb foot, I couldn't move my leg and very severe pain all over my back and both legs.

The surgeon described to me that he removed the whole disc at L4-L5. I had months of physio and pilates and had no recurrence of problems whatsoever. It felt like i had my life back. Now two years on, it feels like the bad old days again. Very suddenly over the last week I have had a lot of discomfort (mainly sciatic pain, rather than lower back pain) and I have developed a limp again. I can't put my left leg out in front of me very far, and if I lie on my back I can't lift it more than about 10 inches. It is not as bad as it was before the op where I was in a very bad bad way, but it is distressing. I think it stems from a game of tennis I had a few weeks back when I started getting a few twinges, but it was only midly strenuous.

It is all very alarming, and I'm just wondering if anyone has any insight into what might be happening. I'll be returning to my consultant in any case.

One thing that is worying me a bit is last year we had another child (I am male btw) and I basically stopped going swimming, doing pilates etc as I was just too busy with two young children and a demanding job (non-physical). Oh and I put on about half a stone. I am kicking myself and worried that i have brought this on myself by not looking after myself after my op gave me my life back :(


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    edited 08/02/2015 - 9:23 PM
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