Please help me. I had my first M/D in June for an L5-S1herniation. I was also experiencing sever right leg pain and numbness. After the surgery the legpain was gone although my entire leg ,with the exception of my calf, was numb. Four weeks post op I was physically asaulted(sp) that resulted in me twisting and within one hour i started feeling that familiar down the back of my leg.
After the asault my NS did an MRI but said there was so much swelling still that he really could not see anything. He did however offer me another surgery right away to "go in and see if there is a re-injury" but I said I no. He told me it was probably just inflamation and told me to rest. He didn't even want me take the pain meds my pain doctor was giving me.
Anyways, since this incident the pain in leg has worsened (extending from my groin joint to my toes), my leg is completely numb from my buttock to my foot(the only part I can feel is my calf) and my back hurts all the time.
I had another MRI last month that showed a re-herniation and scar tissue development around 50% of the circumfrence of the right S1 nerve root. I feel strongly that the physical asault caused the re-herniation but I am also thinking that the scar tissue formation was promoted by my (former) NS not giving my ANY PT or stretches durring my recovery. I did start aquatic therapy in October but only after I insisted.
My pain managment doctor has also recently diagnosed me with myofascial pain syndrome (previously misdiagnosed as RA). I take lortab 10/500mg and 150mg of lyrica 2x/day. I am always in some degree of pain despite meds and PT. My pain doctor told me this week that my next step is probably a fusion ( which I am teriffied of because fusion patients have told me they regret having it). I told my pain doc that I didn't want another surgery so he told me about an option where they could surgically implant an device I to my back that would send small electrical currents to me nerves and would block the pain. Anyone ever heard of this? I guess this sounds like it would help my leg pain and increase functionality but what about the re-herniation?
Sorry for the long post but I am indesperate need of help. I am only 25 years old and am always in pain. I guess it would help to hear back from anyone who has had a similar experience or who can offer insight. My short term disability just ended and I was supposed to be able to go back to work but I can't and don't know what to do.
Thanks in advance for any help,