I am getting posterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery this Thursday (March 19th) and I am getting very scared. I had a right-sided laminectomy 14 weeks ago and felt good for a couple of weeks, but the leg pain came back and an MRI shows:
"The L5-S1 level, there is evidence for prior right-sided laminectomy. There is a large recurrent central and right posterolateral disc extrusion. A portion of the extruded mass is relatively bright in signal intensity indicating some component of granulation tissue associated with the gragment or multiple fragments of disc. There is severe compression of the thecal sac and origin of the S1 nerve roots bilaterally greater on the right. There is a rudimentary S1-S2 disc."
I have shooting pain down my right leg when I get up from a seated position and especially when I get out of the car. I have felt this pain down my left leg a couple of times also, but almost always down my right leg. I don't have a lot of back pain...it has always been nerve pain. But, I have been taking pain pills since November of last year...the mornings are painful before I take the first pain pills. The pain pills take the edge off of pain.
I really hope I am doing the right thing by getting surgery again. I just hope that I am better off after surgery and that surgery doesn't cause more pain or problems. It's all so scary. I'm 41 and didn't "injure" my back. The doctor said it could have been caused by normal wear and tear. If I just had normal back pain I wouldn't get the surgery, but it's the leg pain and the thought that I could have permanent nerve damage if I don't get surgery......
Has anyone had posterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery?