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Author Topic: Recurring prolapse disc  (Read 10829 times)

mad_maz

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Recurring prolapse disc
« on: November 21, 2009, 06:54:35 AM »
Hi Guys

I am new to this website, but after being back at work for less than 8 months (after being off for almost the same length of time previous to that) my disc appears to have prolapsed again at (L4/L5?). I am due to see a specialist mid December, and he is the one who carried out my discectomy 7 years ago on L5/S1 due to degenerative disc disease.

I saw a different specialist in November last year and he discussed the option of an artificial disc, however after the XRay he advised me that my discs are too worn for this procedure to be carried out, and that you need to have it done in the very early stages of degeneration. He also wasn't a fan of it as it is quite a new procedure so the long term outcome is unknown, and also because it is a solid piece of material (plastic?) there is no cushioning effect between the discs......Not sure if I was being 'fobbed off' so will ask the question in December.  He advised that the only option left to me was to have a fusion, which I really do not want to do unless absolutely essential, but by the same token I can't continue the way I am.

This specialist didn't refer me for an MRI, and as such didn't pick up that I had a prolapse. It was only when I visited a pain management doctor that he ordered an MRI and picked up the further degeneration and the prolapse. He advised of new medication to try, and also carried out a nerve root block procedure, which unfortunately didn't work, and left me in more pain for several days, and then the pain was in my back and had moved to the opposite leg.....The specialist denied that his procedure had caused this, and that it was just a coincidence.

In some ways the pain has been even worse this time around and during my second week off work it became much much worse, and I lay on the bed for five hours unable to move. I have experienced this before but it has never lasted so long. The pain was so bad, that I really wanted to die if it didn't start to ease off. I rang my GP at 4.00pm to ask for a home visit and expected either a pain relieving injection , or even admittance to hospital. I have to say it really worried me.

The GP eventually rang me back at 6.15pm and said that because my back had gone into 'trauma' all I could do was increase all of the medication and wait for it to settle down, when I could get up and move around it was only with the aid of a walking stick. For the next week or two I was on 17 pills a day. It gradually settled down and the pain was around an 8 out of 10 and I went down to 11 pills a day.

On Monday 16th I tried to go back to work, and lasted less than an hour because of the pain. Tuesday the pain was even worse, Wednesday worse still, but now settling down again (as long as I don't do anything).

My GP has not referred me for physiotherapy this time, as last year even doing physio aggravated the condition.

I have experienced new symptoms this time that may be totally unconnected, and are very embarrasing, with some loss of sensation 'down below' - this has now returned to normal (yesterday) and there were times when I passed urine, I passed stools too. I was not aware of needing to pass them at the time and it didn't happen every time but was happening fairly frequently. I did pluck up the courage to tell the GP on Wednesday morning (as we spoke by telephone and not face to face) and he said I must see a GP before another sick note is issued (Friday 27th).

Should I be worried? Is this a symptom of degenerative disc disease/prolpase/sciatica? I may just be falling apart in general....I feel so low that my whole system is probably acting up, plus I have taken LOADS of pills over the last 5 weeks.

What would you suggest for someone with my problem?  I have put 28lbs on in weight over the last 7 years, as I am so limited on day to day activities, never mind excercising.  I cannot even swim anymore as my back is so unstable.

Regards

Maz




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Re: Recurring prolapse disc
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2009, 01:15:23 AM »
Hi Maz, I have answered your other post but will add to it by saying you don't sound even up to visiting the SLM therapist yet is she is close enough so the best thing for you would be the Yoga floor exercises to try and turn off the pain.

Don't worry because they are all done whilst lying on the floor on your back which is probably your best position at this stage. The normal exercises aggrivate you because they involve movement but mine don't really. Very little anyway. I would be concerned about weakness as well as when you lay around a lot and take medication that is what happens, espcially if you weren't that fit and strong before hand. You feel unstable because of a combination of the weakness and muscle imbalances and that is why getting the pain to switch off and getting you stronger would be a priority.

Even if you went for the fusion you would still need to balance and strengthen your muscles so you don't get the problem back again.

Good luck,

Steve

mad_maz

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Re: Recurring prolapse disc
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2009, 04:22:40 AM »
Hi Steve

I look forward to working through your book to see if it will help me.  My pain has shifted again overnight, and is now on the right hand side again :-(

Many thanks for your replies, it means a lot just to know that someone is listening.

Maz

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Re: Recurring prolapse disc
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2009, 05:25:39 AM »
As I said Maz start with the Yoga floor exercises for now.

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queuema09

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Recurring prolapse disc
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2009, 07:31:31 PM »
I think Ive seen someone talk about this in another thread, but I couldnt find it. 

Whats the best method for dying something on the bottom of a disc?

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Re: Recurring prolapse disc
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2009, 04:14:49 AM »
Sorry I don't understand your Q properly. You will need to explain it more clearly.

Thanks
Steve

 

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