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Sophie2205SSophie2205 Posts: 2
edited 12/10/2015 - 2:18 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi guys, I'm 23 years old & I live in the UK. I have suffered with lower back pain since around 2009 & this year I have finally been listened to & had an MRI which showed 3 disc bulges & a trapped sciatic nerve, erosion to discs and arthritis. I work with children in a nursery so it's difficult sometimes to manage work and the pain but I think I do okay.
I tend to be okay for a few weeks and then it really flares up, I have been off work and bed ridden for a week now & it's not showing any signs of going anywhere, I just feel like giving up, I've well and truly had enough of the pain, this bout has been worse than ever.
I'm currently taking liquid morphine, naproxen and zapain which turns me into a zombie but at least I get a little relief.

I know I'm not alone in this and I would really love to talk with people that understand what I'm going through and won't think I'm crazy or 'dramatic' for being in tears constantly.

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  • We are all in this pain together
    Its not being dramatic to tell us how it hurts, when and why.

    All in this Spiney Family know the pain of living..in pain.
    Dont be afraid of life in pain and with pain
    It is still life

    Your part of a,larger family now, with members,all over the world who understand.
    Be gentle with yourself
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

  • chop my leg offcchop my leg off British ColumbiaPosts: 56
    edited 12/19/2015 - 8:55 PM
    3 months ago I was in an accident at work. The pain was instant. I wanted to die i couldnt stand the pain. The diagnosis came slower. 4 bulging discs. L5S1 microdisectomy as that's how bad it was . Compression was severe. Mri one day. Surgery the very next. Then more pain. Glute and leg. Surgery again before 30 days passed . Now my foot is like it's paralyzed doesn't want to move. I had the second surgery 2 days ago. The leg pain thank god I think has stopped but my foot is messed up. It doesn't want to move up or down. I read about foot drop but I have no idea if this is what I've had for about 6-7 weeks now. I'm freaking out . Minor to some hear I can imagine but mentally just as damaging as the physical pain. Locked in my house like a caged animal looking at my truck sitting in my driveway collecting snow :( will I ever get my foot back? My life back? The only thing that helped me with the glute and leg pain was tramadol but I haven't needed it since the surgery. My leg feels so weak and my foots like a club foot now. I'm not much help..lol.. I'm feeling lost here and so I just joined today too. Your not dramatic. I've she'd more tears than I could count in a lifetime. My friends don't understand. I came here to for support advice and maybe even get some answers .
    L5S1..2 microdisectomies in 30 days maybe one more on the agenda. 4 bulged discs and one of them loves my spinal canal X2 :/ and a compression fracture . And now scar tissue wrapped around the nerve causing horrible neuropathy all over again.   VICIOUS CIRCLE :(
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