Hi all, thank you very much for your comments and input into my case. I found your comments very interesting.
My recovery is going well at the military rehab centre, I have had daily physio and my muscles in my legs are starting to fire, which is great news. I can now see light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. I am confident I will be walking again and so is my medical team.
Three days ago I leant over to open my curtains and my back twanged, my body went in to spasms, cramps and sciatica, I could not move for two days. It's hard to understand that my back is structurally sound with all the pins and plates and bone grafts and yet I feel so much pain. I just have to think positive and keep reminding myself that it's my brain sending these pain signals but its just so difficult.
If anyone is interested in this syndrome then look on youtube for a guy called Lorimer Mosely. I contacted him by email and he put me in touch with a colleague of his in my area and I'm going to see him to find out more about my condition.
Thanks again for all your input. I will keep you informed of my recovery.
Hi Dr P,[br>[br>I am currently a serving soldier and 4 years ago was injured whilst on duty. I had a prolapse of my L5/S1 disc and subsequently had a discectomy in Feb 08. All I had was a pain in my hamstring (sciatica) before the op but after the op I had terrible pain in my back and the sciatic pain had grown from my butt to my toes. Unfortunately that operation failed and then I had a spinal fusion in Jul 10, that unfortunately also failed. I then had a revision spinal fusion with the addition of a cage in Feb 12, guess what happened...yep you got it, that also failed. I was walking with a stick only for the sciatic pain and needed rest frequently but I was at leats walking. So, because I was not a fully fit soldier any more I was due for medical discharge in Dec 12. It wasn't a problem, I had a job to go to and I would have been getting my war pension.
Then 3 months ago I turned over in bed and my back cracked, I have never felt pain like it. I called an ambulance and was admitted to hospital, I had an MRI and a specialised nerve test. The results of the MRI showed that the operation was sound and the nerve tests came back normal. I should mention that I have had 4 epidurals, 1 before each of my ops over the 4 years for the sciatica and the latest one has seemed to have stopped the sciatica for now. Over the next 2 weeks I lost control of my bladder and could not stand, the pain in my back was excruciating, another week down the line and I had lost all control of my legs, I can feel them but cant move them. I am sending this message 3 months after I turned in bed and my bladder has returned to full function and I can wiggle my toes and ankles but still cannot move my legs. A spinal specialist diagnosed me with Central Sensitisation Syndrome. She said as there has been so much trauma to the base of my spine and after each of my operations I pushed maybe a little to hard to recover, my brain has taken over and stopped me using my legs as a defence mechanism. Is she right? Just a note but I have always had a strong mentality to be able to put mind over matter in most instances but this I can't control.[br>[br>What is the best treatment to able to give me a chance of rewiring my brain to get the use of my legs back? I'm on multiple pills and potions which helps with the pain but doesn't help the fact that I am in a wheel chair and have been for 3 weeks now. Help Please! I am currently in a Military Rehab centre but getting treated as though 'it's all my head!!!'. I hate that term.
I am not medically minded in the slightest so please be gentle with me.[br>[br>Thank you [br>[br>WildyView Thread