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when all else fails...then what?
Hi all. I am a new poster to this website although been an avid follower for research purposes for a few months now.
2 1/2 years ago i basically got clattered at football and thought i'd pulled a muscle in my back. Ive had chronc back pain to this day. I herniated three discs, L3,L4,L5 . after what seemed months and years of meds, physio, osteopathy, injections, and chronic pain here i am today on the periphary of having my first op. My life has been turned upside down throughout this.er' journey'!. Couldnt work for 18months and have now got tired of the wishy-washy slow moving pace of back pain diagnosis and smarmy arrogant consultants , dismissing my obvious need for answers and explanations. I have had two courses of epidural injections with the first of those giving me significant pain relief for three months and the secong giving me about five months of good pain relief, that was until it wore off and caused immensely searing sciatica down my right leg and foot. The latest MRI results show the l5 has slipped further and now petruding the sciatic nerve. one would think .! Anyway, like i said i am due a microdisectomy to remove that petrusion of that nerve. But the consultant surgeon believes that my problems are two fold , the sciatica and back pain. Two areas which need to be treated individually which i find strange. but two areas of immense pain nonetheless. After hoping throughout all this that one day there will be light at the end of the tunnel and a likely end to the pain and misery ive suffered, this consultant has stated , dashing those dreams, that the problems i have are unlikely to ever be fixed, and intrusive spinal surgery will unlikely fix the problem. T he prospect of going through life like i am now is hard and bitter pill to swallow. How do people feel about this and what can we do. I have a partner and child to support and currently cannot work more than part-time, even thats a push at times. Like i said, when all else fails....what next.??