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L4/5 S1 disc prolapse one AGAIN!!

audis3aaudis3 Posts: 17

I have suffered a disc prolapse once again at the L4/5 level. This is my 4th one. I have lots of leg pain and numbness of the feet when sitting and the pain is crazy when seated.

My last Mri of the lumbar spine was in 2013 May and it said
Disc bulging and spondylosis at L4/5 and L5 S/1 level. This caused encroachment on the canal at L4/5 more on left side. No significant narrowing of the neural foramina. Moderate facet joint degeneration in lower part. Conus on right side. Likely impingment of L5 intraspinal nerve.

I have tried to get another MRI but my GP said his referal has been refused due to NHS cutbacks, how can they refuse my an MRI???
I am 3 weeks past the last prolapse and would like an MRI to see what is happening but I will have to go private if I do so.

My last meeting with surgeon said that he could not do anything for me. I have exhausted all other options like physio, nerve root injections, facet injections and this has been going on since 2010. I just want something to be done to help me get my life back as it is destroying it.

I have spinal cord damage already at c5 level and had two ops at that level too. And so I cannot take any more pain that is currently coming from my lumbar spine. I cannot sit as it is way to painful. I just dont know who to turn to.

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  • audis3aaudis3 Posts: 17
    edited 11/24/2015 - 3:22 AM
    I am 41 on the 1st of December.
    I am on Pregabalin, diclofenac,baclofen, and sometimes targinact
    I have tried Physio, tens machine, acupuncture, and injections.
    I have not been offered an EMG test
    Surgery wise, well the last time I seen him he said no to surgery.
    I have nerve pain especially when seated. Leg pain.
    My mum has disc problems but never had an op on them.
    I am male.
    As of now there is no treatment plan for me. I cannot even have an MRI as my GP requested one but it got returned and he said GP referrals are being returned due to NHS cutbacks.
  • PedroDeFaverisPPedroDeFaveris Posts: 1
    edited 11/25/2015 - 3:51 AM
    I suffer from Sciatica Pain for most of my life. Ive been in several RX painkillers to be able to live my life. But as we all know, the best treatment are exercises. The correct exercises, and make then with a rigid discipline. Nowadays my pain is completely under control, for two reasons; I know my limits on the movements I can do, what positions I can stay, how much weigh I can raise, etc. And, diary exercises. If I stay two or more days without the exercises, the pain begins to raise its ugly head again. But of course it is not any exercise, they should be specific for your case, for what causes your pain.


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    Some of these products may be very effective, but no two individuals or medical conditions are alike. What works for one, may cause trouble for another..

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