Prolapsed disc, need help for sciatica and back pain!

Hi I am 16 years old and have had a prolapsed disc for 18months. I had surgery 12months ago and I am still having constant excruciating sciatica in both my legs and hip pain recently. I am already on codeine, gabapentin and amitriptyline, they ease pain for 2hrs at most and then its straight back to constant pain. I have tried wheat bags, hot water bottles, endless amounts of creams and just wanted to get some advice or help?


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  • Poor you! How awful to be experiencing this! What surgery did you have? Have you discussed this deterioration with the surgeon? You are young and there is every chance you will recover from this episode but you need help from experts. Consultants, physios and exercise therapists to get you back in action. Who can help you get expert care?

    Best wishes,

  • Hi, so sorry you are still in pain. What surgery did you have? I had major spinal fusion of L5/S1 last year. I have permanent nerve damage both from the accident and surgery, but the pain is nothing like it was before the surgery. Before the surgery i lost the use of my leg and bladder. Have you tried complete rest for 3 days? TENS machines can also help with the pain. I got to the point where no painkillers were working. Have you been referred to the pain management clinic? I eventually was put on Buprenorphine patches along with regular paracetamol and oramorph. Because of your age, you may not be allowed these patches. Gabapentin did help for me, but takes time when increasing the dose, to work. I would go back to your surgeon and ask for an urgent referral to the pain management clinic. Hope this helps. Lisa x

  • I had L5/S1 done too i think. I am attending a pain managment clinic but i feel the exercises dont help along with swimming. I have been trying to get a follow up from surgeon but no response or even just an MRI

    Thankyou :)

  • It takes a good 18 months to start recovering properly. I would persevere with the swimming and try exercises in the water. Pilates will help build your core muscles which support you're lower back. Keep going and don't give up.

  • It has been over 18months and the pain and sciatica is still the same. I am doing hydrotherapy weekly and exercises. Thank you for the support I don't get much of that x

  • I am using a Tens machine and doing Yoga in an effort to get rid of my Sciatica, its awful isn't it?!

  • I haven't tried either and i just got used to the pain after a year 1/2 of suffering from it

  • Sweetheart have you been to a pain clinic? They can better help you with dealing with long term pain. There is no reason for you to suffer. Please check into this asap. Praying this helps!!! xxx Mitzi

  • Hi yes i go to a pain clinic weekly, doesnt really help :(

  • Have you tried OpanaER ? It really helps me. Hope this helps!!!

  • No I haven't I am unsure of what that is

  • Hi have you been to a therapy pool? The water is deep and warm and helps ease the pain while you exercise. The problem is trying to get out of the water your body feels very heavy and it hurts to move but it doesn't last too long. Keep with the pain medication and don't give up. I feel for you being so young and and struggling so much. Pain management is vital in living with these issues. Thinking of you.

  • I do go to the pool a couple times a week, i just feel that the pain is the same if not worse afterwards. Thankyou for the support it means alot :)

  • Hello have you tired Ice packs I use them have the same problem as you on the same meds too all I got with the nhs was physio and therapy still doing the exercises which did nothing I'm going back tomorrow with very little faith as the doctors I've seen (5) don't care try and nip this in the bud cause you don't want a life time of pain

  • I have heat packs but not ice packs will try it. I am still on the same meds. I feel as though the pain clinic I attend don't give me support, more questions like "why didn't you go to school?" , "does it hurt daily". like of course it does and you wouldn't understand (they say I know how you feel but do you really ?) no because you haven't have a prolapsed disc and sciatica for 18months at the age of 16. I just feel as though the rest of my life will be full of this pain and I cant stand that. :(

  • Ask for a referral to a rheumatologist - sciatica by definition only happens on one side at a time. if you are getting pain in both legs at the same time, then I believe its far more likely that its caused by something else, including things like lumbar or sacroiliac inflammation (spondyloarthritis).

    The other possibility would be that the bilateral pain has been caused by something slightly wrong in the surgery - in which case it would probably be useful to ask to be reviewed again by the surgeon, preferably with a new MRI done to check what is actually happening. The MRI would be useful for a rheumatologist too.

  • Thankyou i will try and find one. I didnt have a follow up with the surgeon even 1 year after surgery, is that normal? I will try to get an MRI also


  • Hi there. 16 is very young to be in constant pain... You must get more attention from a consultant... In the meantime a hot water bottle on your back can work wonders. It seems to draw the pain out. Hope it works for you! pippingford55

  • I know its very young, btw it was a doctor that did it to me. I have tried hotties, wheatbags, creams etc to no help. I just wish it would go away :(

  • Look on internet for a god/chap named Alan Watson.

    He runs a place in London.

    Bimal clinic I think.Near BBc studio.Not far from Edgeware rd.

    Try him,he saved my life and is excellent.

    Hope you feel ok ish.

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