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L4/5 Disc prolapse on going problems for 6 years

audis3aaudis3 Posts: 17
edited 11/24/2015 - 2:06 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi guys,

I am new here and would like to say hello to all.

I am nearly 41 years old and have suffered lots of spinal problems over the last 10 years.

I have c5-c7 discectomy and fusion with hardware back in 2006 and 2009 (ops).
I have spinal cord damage at c5-6 due from an accident at work which caused the operations.

My main issues now and has been since around 2010 is my lower back. I have suffered 4 disc prolapses at the L4/5 S1 level and I am currently 3 weeks past my last prolapse and so still recovering.
I went to my GP who refereed me for another MRI but it got returned as I have been told GP`s are not allowed to refer for an MRI no more due to NHS cutbacks.

I have paid to see a consultant private, he now wants an up to date MRI which I will have to pay for as cannot get one on NHS.
I have a report from a previous MRI of the lumbar spine, done in May 2013 that reads as follows.

"Symmetrical disc bulging and spondylosis in lumbar spine causing encroachment on the canal at L4/5 more on left side with likely impingement of the forming intraspinal left L5 nerve. Moderate facet joint degeneration. No significant narrowing of the neural foramina. Conus on right side".

Obviously this was done some time ago and I have suffered another prolapse since then and so not sure how different the findings would be from new MRI.

I am in a lot of pain and tbh I cannot sit at all as the pain goes through the roof when I do. (Leg pain).
It has made me be unable to work now and my quality of life has been affected for some time now.

My last visit to the consultant surgeon, he said that I he couldnt do anything for me and surgery was not an option even though I have exhausted all the other options like, nerev root block injections, facet joint injections, physio, acupuncture etc. I feel at my wits end and really want a discetomy and fusion tbh now as this disc is causing me lots of issues. I cannot pick anything up off the floor without fear of herniated it further. This is exactly how my last episode happened, picking a fork up off the floor. surely after such a long time now suffering with this issue they would offer my surgery as an option to remove the disc and give me the chance of some relief.

I suffer from spinal cord damage and some pain that comes along with that, and so the pain that comes from the nerve root compression of my lumbar spine is sending my pain over the edge and I feel on the edge myself. I have thought about suicide, I am not proud of this but I have to admit that I have and am having more and more thoughts of this. I am on Pregabalin, baclofen and diclofenac already.

I just would like to have the thoughts of you guys and have someone to talk to about my problems.


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