"A problem walking"

I was having a problems walking and my GP arranged for a MRI Scan and referred me to the Orthopaedic and Spinal Specialist Hospital. The consultant told me that a scan showed nerve damage at the base of the spine, due to arthritis and explained a procedure which could help me. Although since the condition first presented itself 2 years ago, the consultant could not confirm a satisfactory outcome would result even if they released the pressure on the nerve. The risks and possible benefits were fully explain and I decided to go ahead with the suggested procedure. The operation was fully explained and was carried without stress or concerns. The following day The consultant visited me and told me the operation had gone well. Almost immediately my balance improved and I was not falling over. Three month on my walking has improved and I no longer need a support to enable me to walk. I am most grateful to the consultant and team for helping me to become mobile again..

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