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Herniated L4/5, Lower back pain advice

Tms91TTms91 Posts: 1
edited 04/03/2015 - 9:00 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi guys, firstly can I say that I've spent a lot of time reading these forums over the last year and have found some great information so thank you for that! Hoping someone can give me some more personal advice if possible.

I'm 24 year old male, originally herniated disc in jan 14. Noticed I had hurt my back immediately after twisting to lift a full barrel of beer.

Didn't even know what a slipped disc was at the time as was naive about it as my pain really wasn't that bad. I assumed it would get better on its own and carried on playing soccer, went skiing and spent long periods sat at the computer.

Had gotten worse by around March so I saw an NHS physio here in UK, she was really incompetent looking back. She didn't tell me to rest it to give it chance to heal, she told me I could carry on playing sports, go skiing etc.

The back pain was never really that bad but my pain problem has been sharp pains in my left leg all the way down into my foot. This is only unbearable after sitting down for more than a few minutes. I am also unable to bend at all from the waist etc.

So after months of it getting worse I finally got an MRI in August 14' and confirmed herniated disc at L4/5. Waited until October for a nerve root injection which had no effect. Was then on the waiting list for another when I decided to switch onto the waiting list for a discectomy. I had been advised by a surgeon that its a similar outlook after 4/5 years Werner I have surgery or not.. But I can't live like This for another 4 years.

I have read that the discectomy is very good for treating the leg pain so was keen to give it a go. However, the last week or so I have been waking up with excruciating lower back pain and I can barely walk upon waking. I can feel the pain deep inside my spine where the herniation is. I can't even feel the pain in my leg at this point, just my back. It eases throughout the day with painkillers/walking but it's got me really worried.

I am due to have a discectomy in May/June but I'm worried now it won't do much.

Sorry for the really long post.. So much info to try and get across! If anyone can help Id appreciate it greatly.. What does this new back pain mean? Should I sleep on the floor perhaps?

Many thanks


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