I'm currently on the waiting list for a l5/s1 spinal fusion at RJAH hospital in oswestry for spondylolisthesis, a disc bulge and degenerative discs. I've only just turned 22 and I'm in so much pain and I'm scared that no one is believing me when I say how much pain I'm in.
i have been on the waiting list for 3 months and in the past 4 weeks the pain has got much worse with new symptoms are appearing. I've always had intermittent pain down my right leg as well as lower back pain but now the right side of my bum constantly hurting. the lower back pain is constant and keeps getting worse.
I've also experienced numbness on the top of both feet at the same time.
I contacted my consultants secretary to if i could get a date for my op and they said it will probaly be in around 6 months time. i also asked to arrange a review appointment with my surgion but have been told I will probably have to wait til October for that. I have an appointment to see my GP on Tuesday next week to see what I can do while waiting for my op. I don't want any more pain killers as I'm on 20+ tablets a day already. what should I ask for??
I don't know how I'm going to be able to wait 6 months for this op!! I can't afford to give up work but its hurting so much.
I no longer sleep I have had 1 good nights sleep this year after my 1st acupuncture session but that's been it. I just feel like I'm fighting a losing battle and don't know what to do anymore!!
how do I get across how much this is hurting??? should I ask to have a new mri???