I'm 1 year post op from L5/S1 discectomey and lamectomy surgery done twice within 2 months. After the second surgery and doing quite well, I went back to work. After a few weeks pain set in my right foot ever so slowly to a point that I ended up in a wheelchair for 4 weeks. Was stuck to a tens unit for over 4 months. Too many medications to name and too many Doctors to mention along with way too many tests. I've tried it all. Accupuncture didn't even help. I notice improvement only month to month and sometimes not even that. I have terrible burning pain in my right outer portion of my right foot. I'm finally at a point where I don't limp when I walk anymore. Although I can't get off the Gabepentin (Neurontin). Although I've been able to decrease the dosage. I've been misearable for a year now. My family has suffered and I've been suffering. I just don't know if I'll ever be normal again. I had to have the surgery. I literally crawled from my bedroom to the car to go to the Doctor...so it was an emergency surgery. I just wish when they say nerves heal 1 mm a month ...well turn that into what that means to me! How many MM's do I need? Why can't they say?
I'm on a trial course of Topamax now to see if it helps with the pain and on a very high dosage of predisone. After all this time no one ever prescribe predisone orally for me. I'm on day 3 of 15 and no relief. I feel sick from it too. :sick:
Has anyone ever been this long in recovery? I wouldn't mind the numbness and tight feeling in my foot if there wasn't any pain at all. I could deal with that. But this feeling of someone cutting you open with a knife is just awful.