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PSA concerning my health


I have been suffering from intermittent back pain for the past five years. As I was unable to improve the situation by myself -via stretching or exercising- I sought out a physiotherapist in July.

As fate would have it, in the late August my back 'gave in' big time and I suffered a major lumbar disc prolapse between L5/S1. The prolapse pressed against the sciatic nerve, causing a good deal of pain and discomfort. That also caused some numbness and strength loss to my right leg and foot. All the above was confirmed as I was MRI-scanned and the scan also revealed the degenerative disc disease on the discs between L4/L5 and L5/S1.

I continued seeing the physical therapists and exercising as instructed from September to mid-December and my situation seem to steadily improve: most of the pain was gone, I could walk moderate distances and I also was able to work part-time.

Until mid-December.

I'm not certain what happened, but something clearly did. Within a week all the pain came back. And more. I know it's hard to describe the amount of pain one experiences, but if earlier in the fall the most pain I felt was a number '10', this time it was a number '100'.

Within two weeks I went from 'pain medication maybe once a week' to the following daily doses:
- 2700mg of gabapentin
- 175mg of tramadol
- 1625mg of paracetamol
- 2400mg of ibuprofen

Even with all that medication I was just barely able to function. I could stand up or walk (limp) around half a minute before the pain started to get too intense. When took a shower, I had to go down on all fours as standing was impossible. Fortunately as I had MRI done already in September, the doctors had quite recent images to help them to assess my situation.

I was admitted to hospital and had surgery 16th of January 2019. Everything went well and I was discharged the next day. Now -after a week- I'm hopefully optimistic. The odds for my operation were good and it seems the surgery removed all the pain. There is naturally some tenderness after having your back opened (and I think they even had to chip off some bone while they were at it). Currently I don't need much pain medication, except some paracetamol. Also, as one should not 'go cold turkey' on gabapentin, I'm ramping those down slowly too.

Despite the fact that degenerative disc disease never goes away, I hope that I'm able to nurture my back to 'full health' via exercise and physical therapy.

I might also try witchcraft, if necessary.

TL;DR: My back broke. M back broke some more. Surgeons did their thing. No more tears at the moment.
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