First time post on any forum, so please be gentle.
I'm male, 182cm, 90kg and 42, i have a very supportive wife and two boys aged 3.5yrs and 1.5yrs old.
I suffered a prolapsed L5 disc 9 years ago, which at time the consultant said it was 50/50 whether to operate or not. I opted to try physio for about 18 months and it finally got better.
Jump forward to February 2016 and my lower back pain was getting bad (no real leg pain), with the pain concentrated on the middle of my lower back/top of buttocks. Again I had physio and Naproxen and Diazapam, which helped a very small amount.
Eventually i paid for a MRI Scan showing the prolapse had got worse and I had disc degeneration. I had a Spinal Root Block injection. This improved things greatly. I still had the odd day here and there where I couldn't do much, but was managed by taking Paracetamol and reducing activity.
Two and a half weeks ago I was on a bus and had to get off a couple of stops early due to pain in my lower back again. It took me 30mins to walk 100m where I eventually collapsed due to the pain. Luckily a passer by called an ambulance where I was admitted and given Gabapentin 300mg 3/day, Paracetamol 1000mg 4/day, Oxycodone slow release tablets 15mg 2/day and Oxycodone liquid quick release10mg 4/day.
None of this did anything in reducing the pain. I was able to move as long as there was no compression on my spine (no sitting or stsnding). On the 5th day in hospital the physio tried to get me standing with crutches. I got to standing but then fainted due to the pain. The same happened the next day. On the 7th day i had a Lumber Epidural injection. the 9th day I managed to stand and have a couple of small steps. On the 10th day I walked up about 4 stairs and down. All of which caused me massive pain. The hospital then discharged me and I've been at home since. I'm currently on the same meds and I can walk to the bathroom for a wash then back to laying down (I know that I need to move but it is so panful).
What are your thoughts and recommendations going forward.
I cannot continue to be like this so any support would be gratefully received.