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Rebecca Is Hot On Her Son's Heels After Spinal Surgery

Rebecca Is Hot On Her Sons Heels After Spinal Surgery 2A West Midlands Hospital patient is hot on the heels of her toddler thanks to life changing spinal surgery.

Mother-of-one Rebecca Armstrong is going from strength-to-strength after her lumbar discectomy operation which has given her much more freedom of movement.

She can now look forward to playing and running around with her young son Joshua again without being restricted by pain.

Back pain is something that Rebecca is familiar with as she has suffered with sciatica since she was 15.

But in 2015 she slipped a disc in her back leading to even more pain and discomfort which lasted for nearly two years.

The 29-year-old paid several visits to her GP and tried a series of acupuncture and physiotherapy sessions which made no difference.

As the pain worsened, Rebecca returned to her GP and she was sent for an MRI scan which revealed the true extent of her back problems.

Rebecca, of Dudley, said: “I’ve no idea how I slipped my disc but I started to experience a different kind of pain in my back and a constant pins and needles sensation.

“I have a two-year-old son but I was struggling to keep up with him and at times I could hardly move.

“When I went for the scan it showed that as well as the problem with my disc there were also two bulges and a trapped nerve in my back which was adding to the problem.

“It also revealed signs of scarring because I had battled on with these problems for a long time and the problems had worsened.”

Rebecca was referred to West Midlands Hospital to see spinal expert Mr Navin Furtado.

Mr Furtado met with Rebecca for an initial consultation to highlight the problems and suggest how they could be resolved.

Rebecca said: “Mr Furtado offered to give me spinal injections which he said may help for a while.

“It wasn’t until I saw the MRI scan that I realised how bad things were so it was obvious that surgery was the best option.”

Lumbar discectomy is surgery to remove disc material which is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord.

After her consultation, Rebecca was booked in for a surgery date at the Halesowen-based private hospital just two months later.

She said: “I was amazed how quickly the whole process took and I was pleased as well because I just wanted the pain to end.

“After my surgery, I was only in the hospital for one night and the consultant Mr Furtado and the staff were all fantastic. I’ve had surgery before at another hospital but this was so much better.

“The hospital is really clean and the staff are all so friendly and helpful. I would recommend West Midlands Hospital to anyone.”

West Midlands Hospital offers a full range of spine and neck services ranging from physiotherapy and spinal injections through to complex spinal surgery.

Rebecca added: “Before my surgery I was trying to run around with my little boy, but I just couldn’t do it because it was so painful. Now I’m getting back up to speed and I’m enjoying my life again.”

For more information about spine and neck care services at West Midlands Hospital, please call West Midlands Hospital on 01384 560123.

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