I was rushed to A&E on the 1st of September - after the weekend had an MRI and discovered I had a large central prolapsed disc (L4/L5 - no exciting war story!). Had been chasing my GP for months with stiffness and sciatica pain but had been brushed off then bam - pure agony.
After 3 days the pain meds eventually worked and now weeks on I'm on the mend and down to paracetamol, naproxen and the odd diazepam at night for breakthrough pain spasms.
However, saw the spinal consultant 2 wks ago and whilst I thought I was making a good recovery as I could hobble with crutches for a short time he said the MRI showed I had Degenerative Disc Disease and probably needed spinal fusion as I had both back and leg pain/ numbness still. I'll be having physio at the end of October and an epidural steroid injection into the spine before then (as the Dr wants to see if that reaches the right disc as he says the MRI scan doesn't show the real picture when you are standing up and the prolapse may have moved since then).
So..has anyone had this and did it work? Or is it a nightmare?
Also the risks with spinal surgery are obviously severe so how do you get a valid 2nd opinion. I'm not far from a well known North London spinal hospital but I'm not currently under them. Am wondering if I can get a 2nd opinion there or whether my PCT will be tricky and insist I stay where I am? Anyone had any experience of this?
As I'm self employed I'm obviously keen to make the best decision for now and in the long term.