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April Banbury has shared the heartbreaking news that she has been diagnosed with an incurable spinal condition after being hospitalised with the constant pain. 

The MAFS star revealed she has been in hospital for four days after she developed a new pain in her back and her leg and hip went completely numb. 

The 34-year-old previously revealed she had suffered with a serious spinal injury which had ‘taken away her ability to live a normal life’. 

And taking to Instagram to update fans on Thursday, April revealed she has now been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, which is incurable. 

According to the NHS, spinal stenosis is a term used to describe a narrowing of the spinal canal. This narrowing may progress to cause squeezing (compression) of the spinal nerves which can cause back pain and/or leg pain. 

MAFS star April Banbury, 34, shared the news on Instagram on Thursday that she has been hospitalised with an incurable spinal condition which left her crippled with 'indescribable' chronic pain

MAFS star April Banbury, 34, shared the news on Instagram on Thursday that she has been hospitalised with an incurable spinal condition which left her crippled with ‘indescribable’ chronic pain

April revealed she has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, which is incurable, after she developed a new pain in her back and her leg and hip went completely numb (pictured in September when she suffered a prolapsed spinal disc)

April revealed she has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, which is incurable, after she developed a new pain in her back and her leg and hip went completely numb (pictured in September when she suffered a prolapsed spinal disc) 

Most often it occurs when you walk. Weakness of the legs may make you feel unsteady. This may affect both legs or just one leg. 

Updating her fans, April wrote: ‘I promised I’d keep it real with you guys, so here it is. I’ve been in hospital for the past 4 days because just before I went to Jamaica I started getting a new pain in my back and my leg and hip went completely numb, with weakness in both legs. 

‘I gave it a couple of weeks to see if it eased up, but it didn’t, it only got worse. I promised myself I’d listen to my body when I first prolapsed my disc, so I took myself to get it checked out not imagining this would be the outcome.

‘I have spinal stenosis (there’s no cure for that, I was told I will have chronic pain for life) my nerves are deeply compressed, but they don’t know what’s causing it, so I’m seeing a spinal specialist in a few weeks to investigate.’

Discussing her treatment for the condition, the star explained she has been given opioids at the moment and may be given a nerve root injection as taking opioids isn’t a long term solution. 

She continued: ‘It’s going to take sometime for me to process this could be my life now, but I still don’t want to give up hope that one I could be back to some what of a normal life. I just can’t imagine living life like this.

‘The pain is indescribable and constant. I feel like I’m just existing day to day, and now I need a new purpose because life is not as I once knew it. 

‘It’s crazy because I feel too young to have such a debilitating injury, but it just shows what heavy lifting over a long period of time can cause.’

April took to social media to explain she had been hospitalised for four days due to the indescribable pain

April took to social media to explain she had been hospitalised for four days due to the indescribable pain 

April went on to thank the NHS and her family and friends as she signed off on a more positive note, hoping she will be able to manage the pain and leave her house

April went on to thank the NHS and her family and friends as she signed off on a more positive note, hoping she will be able to manage the pain and leave her house

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The star previously suffered a prolapsed disc in her spine which left her unable to walk and in the worst pain of her life in September

April reshared a post from her best friend Scott McGlynn who said she is 'sending my love'

April reshared a post from her best friend Scott McGlynn who said she is ‘sending my love’ 

April went on to thank the NHS and her family and friends as she signed off on a more positive note, hoping she will be able to manage the pain and leave her house. 

What is spinal stenosis and how can it be treated? 

Spinal stenosis is a condition that causes back pain because the nerves are squashed by a narrowing of the spinal bones.

It can be horribly debilitating and hard to manage. Pain clinics, GPs or a practice pharmacist should be able to offer options in terms of the tablets you can take.

Often this is about combining treatments and can include things such as antidepressants, which can have a painkiller action. Doctors try to avoid strong painkillers for a chronic pain condition, due to the risk of addiction if taken long term, or side effects such as falls in the elderly. 

But when someone’s quality of life is reduced by pain, it is worth having a discussion where the patient is allowed to weigh up the risks and the benefits of at least trying a stronger medication.

Cognitive behavioural therapy can be good and may help with changing the way you respond to pain.

Pilates and other low-impact exercise may also help because of the movements themselves and the endorphins released by exercising. 

Pain clinics may also recommend alternative measures for pain, such as acupuncture.

Surgery may be an option but setting realistic expectations is vital. An operation can offer false hope of relief, so honest discussions are necessary.

‘I’m going to be kind to myself and take each day as it comes, I’m going to as much as my body will allow me to do. Hopefully these meds will help so I can at least socialise a bit, because I love my house, but being in it 24/7 is not the one.

‘It’s a sh*t situation, really sh*t actually, but I have to accept it to an extent, and get on with it. 

‘I know I’ll have good days and bad days, but I’m honestly endlessly grateful for my fiends and fam, the NHS and my osteopath. I know I’m not alone and I love my little back community and hearing your stories too.

‘doctors and nurses were honestly incredible. I actually felt emotional when I was discharged.

‘So for now I’m going to wait for these meds to kick in and revisit things in a week. I will continue sharing my journey with all you.’

But it isn’t the first time April has suffered a spinal injury after she exclusively told MailOnline in September how lifting an heavy object led to a prolapsed disc in her spine which left her unable to walk and in the worst pain of her life.

Due to her spinal disc protruding and splitting onto her nerves she suffered pain all over her lower back and numbness over her body as well as shooting pains. 

She told MailOnline: ‘I literally just lifted something heavy in the wrong way and ended up like this. It was so unexpected and couldn’t believe it could cause such a severe injury.

‘My ability to live a normal life has been taken away from me and I am now classified as having a disability. 

‘I’ve gone from being a super sociable busy and adventurous woman always loving my life to the fullest to quite literally being a hermit. 

‘For weeks now I have been house bound because I haven’t been able to walk. 

‘I will slowly be regaining that ability to walk more than a few steps pain free and am able to stand for short periods of time. 

‘Sitting is the most painful and lying down gives me the most relief, but I need to keep my muscles moving as much as I can.

‘Life is not as I once knew it. I really will never take anything for granted ever.’

April was heartbroken at the diagnosis as she wrote: 'I just can’t imagine living life like this'

April was heartbroken at the diagnosis as she wrote: ‘I just can’t imagine living life like this’

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