I hope you are all well Sorry for the rambling at the start, my question is near the bottom of this message
I have had a prolapsed disc in my spine between L4 and L5 for at least 10-years. It only started to give me real problems in 2010 which escalated until I was in a wheelchair in 2012 with ALL doctors/surgeons refusing to operate on my until I became Incontinent!!!!!!!!
I present at my local A&E saying I had soiled the bed. I was immediately whisked to the local Neurological Centre and operated on (Discectomy and Laminectomy). After the operation the neurosurgeon asked me why I had waited so long to seek help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The initial operation was not successful and I underwent the same procedures again three weeks later.
At the follow-up appointment to neurosurgeon informed me I had "Failed Surgery Syndrome" which suggests it was their fault, but being the NHS it doesn't work like that.
I then had Radio Denervation in September 2015 and had 15 wonderful months pain-free before the pain returned this last January 2017. I went to my GP who was worse than useless suggesting I try Ibuprofen!!!!!!
I changed GP surgeries and the new GP had been great referring me to the Pain Service in February again for Denervation treatment, however the Pain Service in West Sussex is so over referred it transpired I would not be seen until July or more likely August 2017. This despite me being unable to walk, dress, self-care, or work.
I contacted the local CCG and liaised with them and the Pain Service and I was seen in May instead.
This is now where my question comes in. The doctor who carried out the denervation had informed me this is the only "management" of my condition! The efficacy of this procedure diminishes over time until they are no longer viable.
At this point what is left available for me? He stated he would then refer me to a Spinal Surgeon which could be anywhere in the next 3-7 years. During which time I will constantly be in agony.
QUESTION: Does anyone know of any procedure for a prolapsed disc in the lumbar region of the spine which is crushing the sciatic nerve that will stop the incessant pain that is available on the NHS or accessible by the NHS in a Private setting?
Thank you kind people in advance for any help you may be able to give