I have been reading this forum for awhile now and it has helped me in making decisions about my own care. I recently had a microdiscectomy L4-L5 in November. I had the same surgery 6 years ago at L4-L5 L5-S1.
On my most recent MRI done in September, it showed a lot of scar tissue and a medium herniation at L4-L5. My surgeon said that he did not know if it was the herniation causing my pain or if it was the scar tissue. He culd not guarantee that if I had the surgery that my pain would go away.
I went ahead with the surgery hoping this would help the pain in my rear end and my left leg. Well after 4+ weeks post surgery I am still having the same pain issues as before. The surgeon told me that there was a lot of scar tissue from my first surgery and he almost could not get to the herniation to remove it because of the scar tissue.
From everything I have read on the internet and on here, it looks like there is nothing that can be done to deal with the scar tissue and that I am headed for chronic pain basically forever.
My question is, where do I go from here? I have not seen my surgeon for a couple of weeks and I have a follow up on January 6th. What should I ask him? Will he just tell me there is nothing he can do and send me on my way? I have not asked the surgeon about the pain pump, but is that a possibility?
I am very confused about what to do and I am very scared as well. It is tough to admit that I am scared, but I have a 4 year old and a new born at home. I have to be a husband and a father and I have been neither for awhile now.
I will stop rambling now and will await any responses.
Thanks for the help!