Hi, my name is Beck and i have recently come out of hospital with more questions than I thought it was possible to ask. lol
I have always suffered with back pain but just have self medicated and got on with things.
3 weeks ago I woke up and my pain was horrendous, though not in my back, it was in my right leg and was excruciating. After an out of hours Dr OFFERED to visit me at home (unheard of I know) he diagnosed me as having a slipped disc and prescribed me 3500’s , Naproxen and Amitriptyline 50mg (on top of the 50 I take every day for tension headaches).
I suffered for 5/6 days then pain in legs slowly eased but only to be replaced my extreme muscle weakness. By day 10, 1 of my legs had started to go numb so I rang docs again, who visited at home again (still couldn’t walk distance at all) and said he didn’t think it was slipped disc, and wait another week or so and I should be fine.
An hour later I collapsed on my kitchen floor when both my legs buckled under me and I was unable to use them to get up. Much crying and frustration later (hubby came home and picked me up) I finally agreed to go to A and E.
Did exam, said I would need MRI but sent me for x rays anyway, turns out I have slipped a vertebra and have something called spondylolisthesis (??) and needed to see the orthopaedic team. Many hours and x rays later I was admitted to a ward. MRI next day requested by head ortho who then passed me onto a spinal surgeon.
Here goes, this is what I want answers about.
Apparently....I have 2 fractures on my vertebra, along with the slipped vertebra, I have a herniated disc, L3/4 and arthritis,and my spinal cord is tightly pinched. He says he can’t operate (not that I want it) as the vertebra below the slipped one etc has already started degenerating and I would be in more pain etc than I am now, and after proving I could walk around they let me home to wait for an appt with him in 3 weeks.
Does anyone else have all these things at same time like I do? (I’ve googled lots and they all seem to be separate conditions)
What will happen now?
Will my legs get their strength back? (its stopping me from working and I love my job)
Whats my long term prognosis?
Does anybody here work as a Teaching Assistant and has any advice about the type of support occupational health may suggest to my head before I can get back to work???
Am I at risk of it getting worse?
Could I paralyse myself?
Im so sorry this is such a long post but Im scared and hate not knowing things, and the surgeon won’t appt won’t be for another 2 weeks.