Thank you Natalie,
I forget not everyone speaks nurse.
Simply put I have 2 torn
discs in the base of my spine.
The bit where it goes into your pelvis (so just at the bottom of the curve in your back)
Because they tore rather than slipped, it means they won't get better by themselves ( to put it into perspective I have just dropped from 176cm to 174 cm because the discs are missing.
The the hard tendon on the inside of your thigh that fixes your leg to your pelvis (right at the top) mine tore, the tendon fixes on at 4 points in your groin to make your keg stable. I broke the one that joins at the front which means I can't move my leg sideways.
The torn disc has a jelly an outer ring and an inner ring, it's the inner ring that protects your spinal cord from getting damaged.
My inner disc got squashed due to the speed at which the injury happened and because the only place it can go is inwards its squashing my spinal cord.
This is a medical emergency, but we found during a scan it only gets squeezed if I sit, lay down or stand for too long.
Because of this the surgeons were hoping it would settle down and the swelling would go away leaving me to get on with life, but it hasn't, it's got worse.
A red flag symptom is something that if the Dr heard would mean I'd be on the operating table tonight.
Other than that the orthopaedic Dr wants to replace my knee and the general surgeon wants to repair the 4tendons I've torn. 3 in my knee and my groin all in one go because the spinal surgery recovery is about the same length as the knee.
But all 3 have a high failure rate and I'm not the luckiest person when it comes to surgery
5 weeks in and finally my main back symptoms have started to settle. The surgeons finally decided we would leave it until I felt like I couldn't live with it anymore. I really don't want rods putting in my spine and having lower base fused together so I can't bend.
I finally got back in the pool this week for physio and it feels so good yo be able to do something.
The knee surgeon was so frustratingly irritating.
Because only half the knee cap is damaged and I can tape it up to help he won't operate. I have to go back when the other half is broken as well. (Whatever happened to preventive medicine. In the mean time up the painkillers and stretch the hamstring and ileotibial band as they are both too tight and not helping
So I've finally been given permission under strict supervision to start hydrotherapy again and very gentle stretches under the supervision of my gym instructor Mark.
I also have permission to start physio exercises under the supervision of John who does my hydrotherapy.
Well, hold your breath, cross your legs, fingers and even your eyes if physically possible.
I am out of splints, off crutches, holding myself up, despite falling down stairs 5 weeks ago and giving myself another ruptured disc.
I saw a neuro-physiotherapist and my word, it's so different when you have a 2 hour appointment and they start at the top and go to the bottom and decide with you and your physio what would be a good thing to do.
After 2 rounds of treatment I actually slept for 4 hours of undisturbed painless sleep, I didn't wake up numb from the waist down with no feeling to the tip of my toes.
And after almost 18 months of issues with my knee, and 6 months of serious back spasm I can finally stand, walk and GO INTO THE SWIMMING POOL. I can't wait, I have a buddy who is going to go with me to make sure I'm safe and we are going to make sure we leave work once a week at 4 pm to go.
I've had a rough time, physically, mentally recently and work nearly destroyed me. But I fought back, won a grievance against the head of school, feel like I have had a huge weight off my shoulders, I couldn't believe just how much time the job I had took up and now it's gone I feel very free and ready to move on and to try and get back into the gym/pool and weight loss.
I'm so relieved you are very much better and physically very well. Just be absolutely very careful, my brother had suffered slipped discs in his, back, and after natural alternative remedy treatments, he'd been to specialised pshyio as well, and GP he has been better for a long time now, considering he does delivery driving work.
Anyway, I'm so glad to hear you are very much better.