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I'm 29. I had leg pain since I was 9 (which was put down to growing pains), and when I was 20 the back pain hit and both my legs were cramping etc on walking. I had an unsuccessful epidural and disc injections, followed by an X-stop decompression at L4-L5 which worked for a while, but for about 6-7 years now I've had recurring slipped discs and while I have ok periods where I can walk ok, I go through months every year of not being able to walk more than 10m without the cramping coming on.
I saw the orthapaedic registrar this week. He says that if I slip another disc (I think its L4 that has bulged out and there's spinal stenosis) I could be at risk of paralysis which has freaked me out! He also says if I continue with the nerve compressed I'll end up with a dropped foot and lack of feeling/power in my legs (even though I've been like this for 7 years already!) He says I need a laminectomy and a discectomy, although the MRI was taken a week after my worst 'slip' in a year so my thinking is that it might have got a bit better by now, although I'm still getting a numb foot in the shower and pain when walking.
I'm quite scared about this and have no idea what I should do, I've read so many people saying they were worse off after a laminectomy. I've got to see the proper big surgeon at some point to discuss further, but I was told I'd need to make a decision to get the ball moving.
My husband and I are also wanting to start a family and have no idea whether its better for me to get pregnant before the surgery and then they can repair what has gone wrong during pregnancy, or do the surgery beforehand.