43 years old, in constant back pain and unable to do everyday tasks. The crippling effects of lower back were very real and made all aspects of my life a misery, I was inactive, gained a lot of weight, I was unable to do my job properly and was taking a massive amount of painkillers.
Following investigations, I was diagnosed with a prolapsed disc and after due consideration and discussions with my consultant, I lost 2 stone in weight and decided to go ahead with spinal surgery.
It has been just over a year since my surgery and the result has turned my life around. The pain has gone completely with not a painkiller in sight and I feel like a new woman, having now lost 4 1/2 stones. It is all thanks to the spinal team and everyone who was involved in my care, from start to finish, at Northumbria Healthcare Trust, with a heartfelt thank-you to Mr Kasis, who has given me my life back.
My advice to anyone who is unsure about having the surgery is to “go for it” – it truly is life changing.