Hi! I've a slipped disc in both my neck and lower back. I've had these for probably 10/12 years now. I was told I would probably have problems carrying a child and it seems they were right. I'm now in week 29 and in severe pain. I have a midwife appointment coming up and will not be leaving without a referral to physio but can anyone advise on what plan of action would be taken (will I be induced early and will I have to have a section??)
I am currently living with a hot water bottle glued to my back. Pain all across the lumbar region of the spine with associated sciatica and restless leg and numb toes where I appear to be getting poor circulation and my foot is frozen. Also pain in the hips and problems passing a motion.
I spoke to physio today and they said speak to midwife for a referral. I have an appointment Thursday morning so will be speaking to her then. I tried ringing my midwife helpline today but no one answered
I know about cauda equina (worked in a physio department) and it's not he same as that. I'm struggling cos I'm a bit constipated and it really hurts to sit on the toilet. I will try the helpline again tomorrow though. The physio was really good today when I explained my symptoms but I'm just depressed as it hurts so much and I can't survive another 11 weeks like this.
I'm afraid altered sensation in the lower limbs and loss of control of bladder/bowels is an A&E type emergency. These are both symptoms that there is pressure on your spinal cord, the longer you leave it the higher the risk of permanent damage.
X post. The other option is to have your GP refer you tomorrow. They can also advise you re: pain control. Both times my physio referrals took weeks to lead to an appointment. You can't suffer for that long.
Physio have told me as soon as they get the referral it is a maximum 2 week wait but I will try calling the dr in the morning and see if she can get it put through tomorrow instead of waiting til Thursday. Thanks everyone