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L4-L5 & L5-S1 disc ruptured

nicopigannnicopigan Posts: 2
Hello there I have joined this forum for advice and support for my injury.

I recently have had my MRI results back which describe 2 disc ruptures. As well as this I have severe sciatica radiating down to the ankle. I have no idea where it all started but I am British Army of just over 8 years so I guess its a long string of incorrect posture.

Currently I am taking 3x300mg gabapentin 4 times a day. 2x50mg tramadol 4 times a day and 2-4oxycodeine at night to help me sleep... At least that what the doctor thinks its doing personally other than not being able to think straight I dont any different with or without taking the medication.

My spine can only be straight when I lay down and stood up I look like the no 5 without the top line. I am unable to walk far and I can not do it without a crutch.

I am waiting on seeing a spinal specialist who is probably going to tell me I need an epidural or surgery but I would like other peoples views. Obviously I would like to get back into what I'm doing but I also know there is no quick fix.

Many thanks in advance!

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  • chop my leg offcchop my leg off British ColumbiaPosts: 56
    edited 12/31/2015 - 4:52 PM
    I had 2 disectomy in less than 30 days. The horrible pain in my right leg left but now my foot is killing me. I can't walk far and my leg is weak. But before surgery I wanted to cut my leg off from the pain. A define improvement from my leg or foot not moving at all to walking again. My surgeon suspects permanent nerve damage. Maybe this is as good as it gets now. No skiing . No watersking. No hiking or long walks. Alternating sleeping sitting standing due to back pain. L3,L4,L5,S1 I wish I never had to learn about u. I guess so far I can be thankful the second surgery was more successful and I pray for improvement. On a positive note my surgeon was so dam cute it was always a pleasure to consult wit him. ..lol.. I feel like a cripple now. People treat you different. But I'm alive and I am mobile again. I recommend surgery. I think the sooner the better. I had mine 2 and 3 month mark after accident. I can't imagine anyone living to endure nerve pain when the surgery makes a huge difference. Atleast for me the pain is at least now bearable compared to pre surgery. At first I didn't have numbness in my leg and foot and I'm glad I chose surgery. I don't know how much more nerve damage would of developed had I not opted for surgery the day after my first MRI.
    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 :(
  • audis3aaudis3 Posts: 17
    edited 01/01/2016 - 8:54 AM
    Hi have l4/5 l5/s/1 disc bulges with encroachment of the thecal sac and nerve impingement. Stenosis.
    I would love to get surgery for this but as of yet they have not offered me it. I am in great pain and tried injections. I am worried about nerve damage.
    Wish I could get surgery
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