This is my first post, so please be gentle with me!
I suffered with what I thought was sciatica for 7yrs, numerous visits to GP over the years, he just wanted to give me meds ( I have never taken meds for anything, my view they just mask the problem ) not once in the 7yrs did he examine me, however after 7yrs of on & off pain, the pain got excruciating.
I visited another GP who did examine me and was shocked to see the muscle loss in my bad leg, also no reflex in foot or leg, she referred me for XRay, however before XRay results came back I developed foot drop, so had to go private and was operated on within 2 weeks, Surgeon found L5 S1 disc prolapse, large sequestrated fragment compressing S1 L5 and performed L5 S1 discectomy.
Since my Op, the nerve damage has been horrendous, burning, tingling, stabbing and my whole leg & foot from waist down is completely numb!
I then started feeling a strange sensation from my waist up, when I touched something cold, it was burning me and when I touch something hot, it was freezing. Also three fingers on right hand numb.
More MRI's and tests confirmed C5/6 disc prolapse and further surgery, discectomy and cage fusion, again no relief after that Op!
The nerve damage is now permanent, pain management clinic wanted me on all these meds, pregabalin, amitriptyline, etc I have refused all of these meds as I don't want all the side affects that go with them, it's bad enough having to put up with all the nerve damage!
I'm struggling at the moment with the nerve damage and trying my best to accept that this pain, numbness etc is now with me for life, I'm 43yrs old!
Anyone else living with permanent nerve damage, any advice for relief, I am getting married this year and just want all this to STOP!