I've never posted about this anywhere so I'll try and get it out there as best I can. Right now I'm in a lot of pain from overdoing some mechanical work on my car yesterday!!! Had the evening in hospital and went home with Endone, I'm sick and tired of the medications and I want to get better. I've got an L5 S1 disc protrusion from a truck rollover. It's 8 years old and not getting any better, I've tried a lot of things , many upon reflection of where to no avail , process of elimination. I tried it all to see if they would help. All MRI's show disc protruding into the central nerve root on the right side, I get sciatica down both legs and intense pain in my lower back.
I've been treated with a lot of the pain relief available(Norsapan , Durogesic are the ones I've been rotated on most, with excellent relief I have to add) I can't help but wonder about a discectomy, I've done a little research and this procedure seems to me to be the one that might relieve the symptoms, although I have at least one disc that is degenerative(L5/S1 from memory) and also a tear in the same disc ( it's been a while since I've looked at the MRI reports ). Another topic worthy of discussion is the recent nerve stim I had implanted. It worked amazingly , I'd say about 90% pain relief when not doing too much and and about the same and often no sciatica at all. Recently, became non tolerant of Norspan, increased my workload at home( my wife and I have 10 kids together ) and the wheels fell off. Pain is back with a vengeance so rotated to 12 Durigesic. Panadeine Forte is regular as normal regime to carry on through the day. I'm happy to share my experiences and help others if I can. I would really appreciate some help with what I'm going through, I'm at my wits end, I just want to get better to be the best I can for my young family. I thank God everyday for them and want to give them my best!