If you saw me at Britmums Live this past weekend you might have seen me hobbling about, struggling with a trapped nerve in my leg. Well fast forward a couple of days & I was signing a consent form for an emergency operation on my spine.
Rewind five years & I was in a car accident, since then I’ve had ongoing back problems which have been on & off through the years. I had a protruding disc & a tear which mainly affected my tailbone so sitting down was an issue. Walking, mobility, even running wasn’t too much of a problem, I knew my limits in the gym & did yoga & Pilates regularly to help strengthen the muscles in my back.
This weekend however it was a very different kind of pain. I had a severe burning & shooting pain down the middle of my leg but numbness & tingling from my heel to the top of my thigh. The pain & numbness continued throughout the weekend so Monday was a trip to the Doctors. Ten minutes later I was being sent to A&E with a stack of paperwork requesting an MRI Scan.
I’ve got to admit to thought it was all a bit dramatic, I even told my sister I felt like a Drama Queen as she dropped me off at the hospital before taking Archie with her to pick her kids up from school. It didn’t take long for the realisation to hit, I was scanned within the hour & arrangements were made for me to be transferred for an emergency operation on my spine.
The MRI picked up on an enlarged disc that was crushing the nerve root, the longer it pressed on the nerve the higher the risk of me loosing the feeling in my leg & becoming incontinent permanently. It was really starting to hit home that this emergency op was an actual emergency.
Within 24 hours of sitting in the Doctors waiting room I had the operation and was back on the hospital ward, I still can’t quite believe how fast it all happened.
The surgeon had to remove most of the enlarged disc & surrounding bone to release the nerve. I’m still in a lot of pain & can barely move but I have some feeling back in my toes which is a good sign. I may never get the full sensation back but I can move my leg which is the key thing.
I’m so greatful for our incredible NHS & how fast they acted, all the doctors, nurses & support staff have been amazing! I just need to learn to take it a little easier, slow down & listen to my body.
Fingers crossed I’ll be back on my feet soon, I just won’t be pushing myself too soon!