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Question on L5 replacement disc

Back2theFutureBBack2theFuture Posts: 6
edited 06/24/2014 - 5:46 AM in New Member Introductions

Very glad to have found this forum. I am almost 2 years post micro discectomic surgery at L5. L4 had herniated internally and so was left as is and L6 and L7 showed up on an MRI has degenerate. My L5 herniation was classed as 'massive' at the time. After the initial spasms and experience of sciatic pain it was 5 weeks before an initial MRI, a further fortnight til referral and 3 or 4 after that I got surgery. If you are reading this outside the UK, thats good going for the NHS and I had to bang the phone and take last minute cancellations to speed things along.
By the time of the op i couldnt walk 100m, was in regular sever pain (something like the onset of regular leg cramp but x5 or x10 and with no let up!) :-( and my leg felt dead so I just dragged it around for a bit. I was so fortunate to get a cancellation and went under on Friday the 13th!! Like I cared :-P
Post op life is way more liveable. I did 6 weeks of physio and left with a daily regime to build my core. If I had time, money and space I'd do pilates too, lengths more swimming and possibly tiny bits of yoga. One day.

In the meantime I have a question. Hopefully someone here can help with it. Where abouts is the medical industry with with all this - in particular with replacement lower discs? I know there are neck discs out there but who, where and what is being done for my type of need? I know there are issues with the pressure down there at the bottom of the spine but more than that I'm clue less. Can anyone help? Thanks!


sorry about the duplicate post :)

Post edited to remove inappropriate language...Liz spine-health moderator.. Please read the Forum rules


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