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Newbie from Ireland

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi Folks,

I found this forum yesterday, and took time to read through the stories of all the pain that goes with back problems. I thought I had problems till I read some of your stories, but I still feel like I belong!

I'm facing a micro discectomy on L3L4 in early February, and from reading the postings, I've found some answers, but just as many questions, which I'm sure you will all have your own experiences of and be able to help with over time.

My Story (so far) - I've had bouts of severe back pain for the past number of years, with long gaps of mild pain in between. The latest, and most severe bout, occurred last Easter Monday morning, and I've been in constant pain since. Thanks to some excellent meds, I spent 2 days incoherent on the bedroom floor, followed by PT for a time. This gave me back the ability to walk somewhat upright, but the first few weeks / months since April I was like a man of 90 (and I'm only 42).

An MRI at the time identified Degenerative Disk Disorder, which until I read the info on this site, and watched the video, sounded like the end of the world. At least I know now that it's not.

I got to see a specialist after about 8 weeks, who advised trying nerve root blocking to identify the cause of the problem, which I had. He's now satisfied with the target of his attention and I'm hoping it will be the end of it (although I've seen the some you you who it didn't' work for.)

Initially I had pain in lower back, butt and some firing pains down to the knees on both legs, but this has progressed to radiating tingling down my right leg.

Anyway, best of luck to all of you at this time, hoping you all get at least 5 minutes peace from the pain.

Dublin, Ireland


  • Hi Michael and welcome to spine-health.com

    We have a great, caring community here plus lots of useful information on the site. Feel free to ask questions, provide support to others or just vent if you need to.

    Merry Christmas... Bruce

    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

  • :) hi! :H and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are suffering with chronic pain. ~X( perhaps a nerve pain medication would help with your leg. talk to your doctor about this. :-C good luck as you seek pain relief! Jenny :)
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  • but I do know pain! There are different drugs that work better for some people, Is there such a thing as pain clinics in Dublin? You may want to check them out. They have the time and expertise to fine tune a regime for you.

    Good luck and hope you are feeling better soon. You have youth on your side and that is always a plus.
  • Michael I too am fairly young at 41 years and have had back problems for years but it finally migrated into my left leg severly this past summer.Ive done years of chiropractic but I felt I had to have someone fix it internally this time. I am 5 weels out of fusion surgery and while it is rough I am happy with the results so far and look forward to continued improvement. Good luck to you amd Merry Christmas from California.
  • It's nice to have you aboard and thanks for sharing your experience. Sorry that you are going through this and everyone here relates and understands. I'm in my thirties and a veteran of two surgeries listed below, along with all kinds of conservative treatments. I have had herniations of L4-S1, vertebral slippage (retrolisthesis) severe DDD, facet arthropathy, disc bulges, you name it. I feel like an eighty year old too and I need a can so I don't bust my tail. If you have any questions, I or one of the nice folks here will help. You'll find a wealth of advice and stories too. How's it like in Ireland, I watch the Travel Channel and your country is so beautiful. Anyways, I hope you get to feeling better and that you have a good doctor. Take care
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  • I had an endoscopic microdiscectomy at L3/L4 last December. In my case it was to repair/remove an annular tare. I also have arthritis of the facet joints and DDD. The surgery did help the pain going down my leg but made my facet pain worse. Everyone is different so it may be different for you. My recovery was horrific so if they try and tell you that it's a piece of cake, easy recovery etc. Please prepare yourself for the worst and hope for the best. Are you having trouble with facet joints? When you have trouble straightening up that is usually an indication of trouble with your facet joints. I wish you luck with your surgery and please keep us posted.
  • I agree with Jenny for nerve pain medication. I'm on Lyrica and amitriptyline to help with nerve pain in the legs. Let your Dr. know you're having this new pain and he may be able to help with some meds. I hope you're surgery goes well. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Hi guys,

    Many thanks for all your kind words. It's reassuring to know that I'm not alone. There are days when not being able to show someone a cut or an open wound is a real drag - cos the old "oh my back" starts becoming a bit annoying to some I'm sure.

    Turtle - we do have pain clinics, but when I had my nerve root block done, the doctor said that the results indicated only temporary (a few hours) would be my best hope for relief.

    Medey - get yourself well enough and get over here - it's all well and good looking at it, but the beauty of the country really has to be experienced. W have an RV and with the back problems - it's a real bummer. WE should be away over Christmas like last year - even in the freezing cold there's something to see and do.

    Painintheback - straightening up in the early days was not on, but no one mentioned facets yet. Hopefully the discectomy will highlight any other problems the scan missed

    I'll be back with my questions once the festivities are over, but I must talk to my doc about the leg pain and see what they say. I have some Lyrica, but don't take them unless I want to be dopey for a day - they really whack me. Sticking to Difene and Zydol for the moment, but they can only do so much.

    Happy New Year - and thanks for listening!

  • The facet pain is common with microD and could be just a temporary thing. Good luck and hope that you have a speedy recovery.
  • Hi Michael,

    I live in Ireland too (although I'm American lol, anyway i "searched" Ireland on the site and found so many people here on the site. I saw you're do to have your op in early Feb, so thought I'd say hi, and see how you're getting on! HOpe op went well and you're recovery is speeeeeedy!

    Best of luck
    from Dublin
    L4-L5 fusion 1998; ACDF C4-6 2008; DDD
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