Patsy Is Back To Her Best Thanks To Spinal Surgery
Wednesday 29 March 2017
A patient who has undergone spinal surgery is delighted to be back at work after the most frustrating time of her life.
Patsy Bustin says she feels like a new person again following the life changing procedure at West Midlands Hospital.
The 47-year-old had suffered with back pain for several years but put it down to sciatica – pain caused by irritation or compression to the sciatic nerve.
She made several trips to see her GP and was prescribed painkillers to numb the discomfort.
But as the pain intensified, Patsy knew that something wasn’t right and it was much more than the sciatica she was familiar with.
Patsy switched to another GP and it was then that she was referred for an MRI scan and gained a quick referral to see a specialist at West Midlands Hospital.
She met with consultant Mr Mushtaq Ahmed at the Halesowen site and he diagnosed a prolapsed disc in her lower back which he described as being ‘as bad as it gets.’
Initially, Mr Ahmed gave Patsy a course of spinal injections but he explained at the consultation that full surgery to replace the disc was the next step to resolve the problem.
Patsy, of Wolverhampton, said: “I felt I was going round in circles for a time because I kept visiting my GP and the pain and discomfort wasn’t getting any better and the painkillers weren’t working.
“I’ve had sciatica before but this was different. I’m very much a doer with everything in life but I reached the point where I was struggling to do even the most basic of tasks like the shopping or walking to the car.”
Patsy was forced to take time off from work as a children’s nanny but she was supported throughout a trying time by her husband Bernard and her family.
Patsy said: “I have had other operations in the past but I think I was more nervous about this surgery because it was my back.
“I’m not a big fan of going to hospital but I knew I would have to bite the bullet and have the surgery done.
“It was the only way that it was going to get better. I wasn’t even too interested in what the problem was or what the surgery involved, I just wanted it doing so I didn’t have to put up with the pain any longer.”
Patsy’s date for surgery was brought forward when a theatre slot became available and she grasped the opportunity with both hands.
Patsy added: “When I was in pain I still carried on doing things that I shouldn’t have done because I was in so much pain, like jet-washing my friend’s driveway and painting at home.
“Looking back it is frightening to think how much more damage I could have done because I didn’t realise just how bad it was.”
Patsy spent a night on the hospital ward before returning home and has been supported in her recovery by the hospital’s dedicated physiotherapy team.
She has worked in a variety of roles with children, as a nanny, a child minder and a primary school supervisor and is delighted to get back to a normal routine again.
She said: “I just don’t like sitting still and love my job so it has been such a relief to get back to the school again and do other things with so much more freedom of movement and relatively pain free.
“I’ve had to take things gradually and bit by bit but I’m so pleased that the surgery has paid off.
“All my friends said after the operation that I looked different and so much more relaxed as well.
“I never noticed myself but they said I had a grimace on my face a lot because I was constantly fighting the pain.”
Patsy, who has a young grandson called Alvie, added: “I feel so incredibly lucky and I am just so pleased I had this done.
“The consultant Mr Ahmed is like ‘God’ to me. He has literally saved my life because I was in such a bad way.
“My family have also been wonderful during a difficult time and now I can look forward to spending time with my grandson without being preoccupied with pain.
“West Midlands Hospital is an absolutely fantastic place to go for your surgery or treatment and I can’t thank all the staff that looked after me enough