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In March 2018 I picked a heavy friend up when skiing to help him up. I knew instantly that I had caused some damage as my back hurt like I had never experienced before. I had to then ski down the whole mountain with what I later found out to be 2 slipped discs.
During the following months, the back pain improved slightly, however it has left me with sciatica (mainly in the left leg), being unable to sit down without my back aching or stand still for any period of time, and has made me stop going to the gym and socialising - it really has changed my life for the worse.
My doctor basically kept telling me to just stretch, wait, take painkillers etc so I got fed up and paid for a private MRI which shows 2 slipped discs at the bottom of my spine. I did try physio, and stretching and strengthening exercises but so far to no benefit.
Last week I reached to the sink, and my whole lower back and legs spasmed with pain that I cannot begin to describe to the point where I was stuck laying flat with my legs up for 3 days. I physically couldn’t bare the weight of my own body going down my spine when attempting sitting or standing - the first time I have cried in well over 10 years. After cocodomol and diazepam didn’t make a difference and a few days passed without being able to get up, I called 111 as I was concerned. The ambulance guys were worried it was something rare and severe and took me to hospital.
At hospital, the nurse raised my leg and as she lowered it I got terrible sciatic pain down the back. She said that because it didn’t hurt on the way up that it is likely to be a muscular issue. After some morphine I was able to sit up and hobble slightly and went home, and each day I have improved to the point where I am similar to before - a weak back that doesn’t allow me to sit comfortablely for any period and feels very vulnerable to going into spasm again. I get Sciatica in my bum and mainly down my left leg (but sometimes both) mainly in the morning.
If anyone has made it this far, my questions are:
When my back went into spasm from leaning forward to the sink, is this liquid coming out of my disc and therefore less to worry about for the future, or is that my made up theory?
Do my symptoms sound like something that could be corrected with surgery?
Are there cases where people genuinely make a full recovery and get back to what they love - skiing, gym, socialising etc?
Most advise online says that slipped disc symptoms resolve usually after 6 weeks. Because almost a year has passed, am I hopeless?
Genuinely - thank you so much if you have read this and respond to me.
Kind regards, Thomas.