I have suffered with back pain since an accident 10years ago caused bulging on L3 disk. It has gotten gradully worse over the years, despite trying lots of conservative treatment (Physio, chirapractice, acupuncture, back specific exercise programmes, numerous drug combinations)
The disk herniated/prolapsed in January 2009, and the pain has increased hugely! I lost feeling down my left leg and the nerve pain prevented me sitting or lying (I had to sleep stood up, agaist a wall, wedged in the corner of the room!) I have a Gastro Intestinal Bleed from being on so many narcotics and anti imflamatories.
After hospital admission and a series of scaral epidural injections, the pain hasnt improved. I cant walk (only hobble around the house with a crutch!) and Im housebound, off work as a teacher long term and with zero quality of life!
Have made the decision to have a decompression/discetomy. It will go ahead this month as an emergency case. Don't have any other options left open to me!
Will be posting regularly, seeing as my life currently is sat in my recliner with my laptop!