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Is there a Doctor in da house???

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Ladywiccana, Aug 8, 2009.


  1. Ladywiccana

    Ladywiccana PetForums VIP

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    OK! As most of you are aware, i have 2 prolapsed discs at the base of my spine! This has been an on going problem since as far back as 1998, and has progressed through different stages!

    Now it has gotten worse, it used to be ok when i was sitting down, and worse on movement, but now its the other way about! I have had some stronger tablets of my gp but they were too strong and didnt suit me! Im frightened of taking too many ibuprofen as they are 400mg in strength, so i tend to keep on the move :(,! I have been referred to the specialist at the hospital AGAIN, to see if i need a scan and what can be done!

    Now my old doctor said, because of them being so close to the spinal cord, that if i could put up with the pain, that that would be the best option, as the op could go either way :eek:hmy: :blush2: :eek: :rolleyes: :( ! And i have had lumbar punctures which didnt work and were absolute agony!

    So itll be interesting to see what they say when the appointment comes through!
     
  2. claire

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    My mums next door neighbour has the same thing and he opted for the surgery and it was unsuccessful leaving him worse off than he was before, I know thats not always the case but its still worrying, he get by on morphine everyday now :( sorry to be so negative
     
  3. Ladywiccana

    Ladywiccana PetForums VIP

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    Its ok Claire huni, i sort of knew the answer, but hey who knows lol. Looks like ill be a lil ol lady b4 me time wiv budgies and goldfish pmsl :eek:hmy: :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    It's a tough call hun, and to be honest I don't know what I'd do if it were me. You hear about people like Claire's friend, but you also hear about people like Sharon (who we jointly own Neo with) who opted for the surgery and is now pain-free. It's a big thng to have to face - sending you cyber hugs n kisses and lots of healing thoughts
     
  5. Ladywiccana

    Ladywiccana PetForums VIP

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    Awwwww thanks spelly it is a hard choice, but guess id rather suffer the pain than end up in a wheelchair or worse! :blushing: :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    To be honest i feel the same way. Lets face it, if it did go wrong then there's no going back.
     
  7. munchbunch

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    True, none of us would like to end up in a wheelchair or worse, but if the discs are causing that much pain, they must be compressing the nerve & you could well end up that way but by a different means with no way out. :(

    You really, really need an MRI scan as soon as poss so they can see exactly what's what. I know I've said it before, but I was in so much pain & in the end, could virtually not move, certainly couldn't sit down, I felt I had no choice & had the op. Unfortunately for me, the same disc prolapsed further & I had to have it done again. :eek: It was scary, but there was no alternative, & now I have got my life back ('scuse the pun :D). It's an awful decision to make, but it can be successful & was twice for me - it must have a fairly good success rate for them to offer it (or am I being over optimistic?). Re painkillers, some strong ones I had for nerve pain (Tramadol I think they were called) caused side effects, but these disappeared after a couple of weeks - if you can stick with them, see how you go. Your doctor can prescribe painkillers from two different families, so you can take both, but you really need ones specifically for the nerve pain.

    Sorry, lecture over :blushing: It's just that I know how bad & horrible it is, & it is possible to get better - not the same as the way you were before your back problems started, but nearly! Hope you feel better soon :D
     
  8. Ladywiccana

    Ladywiccana PetForums VIP

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    lol that wasnt a lecture hun, it was good advice :D.

    Trouble is i think im in the same boat as ony, where the discs are too close to the spinal nerve! And i am waiting for my appointment to come through to see if i need a scan lol, i sure as hell aint havin no more lumbar punctures i had an out of body experience on the last one and it werent fun!
     
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