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  • Ivor
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    Thank you again DR Corenman for your reply.

    I had a look at the Isolated Disc resorption on this website and found it most interesting. The MRI scan you used in the article looks similar to mine except I would say mine is a more extreme version of it.

    A few days ago I received a letter from my hospital to see a pain management specialist who I have seen many times before. He normally performs an injection via epidural although it will probably be 5 months before I actually have this done due to the waiting times on the NHS!

    So far this is the only treatment available to me although I am seriously thinking of taking your advice and seeing my General Practioner again with a view of seeking another spinal surgeon. The problem is this can take a very long time.

    Thanks again for your help it is much appreciated.

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    Thank you for replying.

    As for my pain in my lower back, sciatica then I would say it depends on what I do. I can only walk/stand by using two crutches. Upon standing from sitting the pain is probably 70% in my lower back, however after around 10mins of standing/walking the focus of the pain shifts down my left leg and then becomes 50/50.

    I do have an additional problem with my bowels as I tend to lose control on a regular basis. However when I received my MRI results via a telephone call I was told nothing in the scan suggested my spine was causing a problem with my bowels.

    What alarmed me the most about my scan is the discs above L4 were clearly visible. Between L4 to S1 it was just blackness and even more scary was how the vertebrae between L4-L5 are virtually touching each other. The disc at this level is non existent.

    Finally its worth adding that I live in the UK. All my treatment was via the NHS and like I said earlier the likes of disc replacement or microdisectomy were never offered to me. These techniques are generally reserved in my area in private hospitals which I cannot afford. I don’t even have the money for a consultation let alone treatment!

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