Firstly, I suffer with severe right L4/L5 radicular INTENSE nerve pain. I also have degenerative disc disease in L4/L5 & L5/S1.
Just over 3 years ago I burnt my right leg from my knee to my hip. For 3 weeks I hobbled which in turn caused my back to weaken. I then did gardening (quite forcefully as I was angry that my house mate had once again left it up to me and the realestate was complaining) ..... One particular move caused my right L5/S1 disc to herniate so severely that it pushed into 2 nerves causing me to have ABSOLUTELY NO feeling in my right leg. This happened over a period of 10 days. On the 10th day I was operated on (3 and a half hour surgery) and the surgeons (one in particular whom is a private neurologist only! but because the nerve was so severely damaged, he pretty much was the one surgeon to perform this effectively) removed 2/3rds of the disc relieving the nerve and returning my leg to semi-normal feeling again. I still have no feeling in my big toe and no feeling on the outside of my ankle. I quite often loose feeling in my calf and back of my thigh. This is because there is scar tissue surrounding the nerve and because of the initial damage.
I am at my wits end.
I was told 4 months ago that I would qualify for a spinal cord stimulator. I went back to the neurology out patients clinic on Thursday only to find out that - not only has the government cut back on the allowance of this procedure because of funding, but also that they now only look at performing it on persons over the age of 50. I broke down, really down. For the last 4 months, every time I have had pain, I have said to myself "I wont have to go through this for much longer as I now have this fantastic option of a pain free (nerve) existence". Unfortunately this is now not the case. I have been referred to the 'chronic pain clinic' and will have to go through the options of other medications. A life on medications.
The spinal system that they install is $50'000. If they install it on me, I then can work a hell of a lot more which means I will be paying what it's worth back in taxes anyway.
I am 29. I have a lovely little child and a budding business which I created after my accident as I do not have the physical capabilities to work for another's.
I know all of us on here have our stories of blues and hard times especially the times ahead of us and I am glad that I have had my opportunity to share my story and look forward to gaining strength by reading others.
I believe in optimism and positive thinking and these qualities have carried me forward to where I sit today although I feel now that after learning what I have on Thursday gone, I now have to re-build and re-mould my thinking which, is not as easy as it use to be.
Thank you for reading my story. x