Hi everyone l have a disc bulge at L5 S1 and yes they have found a schwannoma tumour also ,at L3L4 aren't l lucky.
I am wearing a BuTec 10 microgram patch on my arm for the pain but it does not touch it if l am moving about, however things ease a bit when l am sitting (which is all l seem to do these days) and life is getting quite unbearable.
I am more than certain that it is the disc bulge that is the culprit as any Kind of bending or even leaning forward gives me considerable pain in my hips, lumbar spine and down my left leg.
Regarding the tumour it has grown from 6mm to 26mm in two years and my neurosurgeon wrote to me last November warning me that l would have to get it removed as it was in danger of growing into my spine and would result in paralysis from waist down and loss of bladder and bowel control.
Unfortunately l had a slight heart attack last December as a result of a blocked right coronary arter which was operated on but because of a pulmonary embolism following the surgery they have put everything on hold until now.
I am seeing a neurosurgeon at the end of November who will hope sort me out with the tumour but in the meantime l am finding that l am very limited in what walking l can do as it brings on such terrible pain that l cannot walk.
Phew, l know that this is a lot to throw at you but any advice on how to cope would be great.