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Hi from sunny Lancashire UK
my name is bill and i am 46 i have suffered with chronic lower back pain for years since an accident at my place of work when i was 29 years old.
i am a motor mechanic by trade, and i ended up buying the garage we started as fast fit and ended up doing all aspects of mechanical repairs. i was just finishing a tyre stock check when one of the lads asked a question over my right shoulder as i lifted i turned to answer him and in that instant two of my lumbar discs prolapsed...i can only say the pain is vivid in my memory and i thought i had been knifed in my back i fell to the ground....in pain i will never forget
after many tests and scans and one minor surgery called chemonucleolysis - a disc injection that is supposed to make the herniation fall away....it did not work and has in fact made life much worse.....since i have managed the pain with arthrotec and temgesic medication (morphine) this has varying results and to get things done i overdose - this of late has needed to stop and i have come to a crossroads.
i have opted after finding a new neurosurgeon to have disc fusion on two levels - so here i am, not sure why but i read this post by accident https://www.spine-health.com/forum/treatment/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery/there-hope-through-fusion-back-surgery-–-a-lumbar-fusi
and felt compelled to sign up and maybe an account of my experience may help another poor soul in despair as i have been.
the main reason for opting for surgery now, i have a 6 year old son who is full of life and energy and i am desperate to be more active with him....
i lost my business as a result of this accident and i have not had gainful employment since! i have aspirations to be a photographer one day and hope and pray the solution is going to be spinal fusion surgery.
thanks - bill