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Acute Sciatica, large left para central disc extrusion L5/S1
I have had lower back pain for over 2 years. I would suffer every now and again with being bent over in pain and shuffling to walk for 3 weeks the last time that happened. Since about June 2012 had some leg pain too which made walking uncomfortable. Been sent to Physio , osteopath and orthopaedic assessments but no scan or anything until recently when I woke up on 20/1/13 and couldn't stand without acute pain. I have been off work since then as I cannot stand on my left leg and every movement is so painful.
My pain starts from my foot and go up to middle of my back. It always hurts in my calf and constant pins & needle in foot and leg. I was prescribed Naproxen, codeine and then also Tramadol as I am so much constant pain. I have had an MRI Scan which I pushed to get done quickly,followed by a second one which they wanted where dye was inserted too.
I then saw clinical assessment again to be told it was bad and that I was being referred directly to a surgeon as I will most likely need an Op. My appointment isn't till 19/3 and the thought of this constant pain after 5 weeks already with it is unbearable.
I am stuck indoors as every time I move its so painful, when I have been out to attend the scan or doctors I suffer terribly for the rest of day and night where the pain is even worse. Even though I have only gone down some steps and been wheeled around hospital in a wheelchair.
My sleep is awful only 2-3 hrs at time before the pain wakes me again. I dream of feeling normal again and having no pain but it seems that's not always the outcome from reading the posts on here.
Thanks for reading