I had a lumbar microdiscectomy 7 days ago. I have had the text book symptoms of pain down my right leg to my calf, shooting pain in thigh and buttocks, etc.
I have been fighting with it since October of 08 and thought it was everything other than my back. Tried sports massage, reflexology, etc. I refused to believe it was my back.
Finally went to local specialist and had an MRI, CatScan, Xrays, etc and that I have a ruptured L4-L5 disc.
Here's a quick snapshot of what was on the report they gave to me. I am the patient that has to be shown everything on the picture on the wall, so here's what was on the papers.
- Right paracentral focal disc bulge L4-L5 level contributes to some retrodiscal lateral recess narrowing
- Mild central canal stenosis is present
- Bilateral L5 isthmic spondylolysis and grade 1 anterolisthesis
- No promintent central canal stenosis
- Some foarminal narrowing is present
My surgery was extremely quick. I am guessing around 10 seconds. There was a guy giving me a shot in my IV and then I was in the recovery room
The doctor said things went really well, and the rupture was much larger than he anticipated or expected.
I took this as good news as there was definitely a reason for the pain, etc.
So ... long rant done, few questions, the first being the one that scares me the most.
I don't think I have had any of the symptoms in my right leg since the surgery. However, starting two nights ago, yesterday morning my left leg experienced the exact same symptoms from my buttocks to my ankle.
Is there a chance I ruptured the disc on the opposite side post surgery? I read that there are some concerns of re-damaging close after surgery. I have tried to follow the "rules" as much as possible, but I know I have twisted and turned and felt pain and stopped.
Also, the doctor mentioned pre-surgery about the fractures (I can't remember if that is stenosis or spondylolysis) and said some people opt to go ahead with spinal fusion at the time of the microdiscectomy, however, he felt now was not the time.
The way I understood it was eventually you will need it. So ... double question. If I did rupture the disc or do damage on the left side and they have to go back in, do I want to pursue a spinal fusion?
I am 33 and I believe this all stems from a really bad car crash I had when I was 20.
Thanks and I appreciate everyone's advice. I apologize for the lengthy post. Seems the pain medicine makes me a chatty cathy.