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Knowledge is Power...
Knowledge is Power...
A couple of weeks ago, I was having a little temper tantrum (reading Helga will refresh your memory), and I am pleased to say that I finally have some answers!!
After speaking with the consultant's very friendly (and understanding) secretary, I was promised that she would send a copy of the report from the MRI findings to my GP. A little more waiting involved, but at least there was a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel!
As the Easter weekend was approaching, I decided there was no point in phoning the GP's office until the following week. Which I did, and was told that one of the partners would call me back during the week, using one of the telephone consultation slots.
That call finally materialised on Friday afternoon, and patient Helga now knows what is wrong with her!!
The results of the MRI scan show that I have a prolapsed disc (herniated disc), between my L4/L5 vertebrae, which is apparently where most prolapsed discs occur (in the lumbar part of the spine). According to statistics, the commonest age to develop a prolapsed disc is between 30 and 50 years, and twice as many men as women are affected.
A prolapsed disc occurs when part of the nucleus pulposus bulges/herniates through a weakness in the outer part of the disc, and the bulging disc may press on nearby structures such as the sciatic nerve (which is happening in my case).
At the moment I continue to wait for my appointment in October with the consultant, but my GP has stressed that I must contact them should my situation become unbearable, as there is a danger that Cauda equina syndrome could occur. This is when the nerves at the bottom of the spine are pressed on, causing low back pain plus problems with the bowel and bladder function, numbness in the saddle area and weakness in one/both legs. Should this occur treatment would be urgent, to preserve the nerves to the bladder and bowel and prevent them from becoming permanently damaged.
In the meantime I am to just continue taking my medication, and having some "gentle" exercise... lol... wonder what my GP would make of my definition of "gentle sexercise"?? *WEG*
So, TemptationIsle... can I call you the next time I have to make a visit to my A&E department? Then again, maybe not. I don't want to be accused of wasting precious NHS resources!!