I am writing this on behalf of my 29-year old son (no computer).
Eight weeks ago, he had surgery on a very large herniated disk on his L-4 or L-5 (not sure). This is his third surgery on the same site....his NS called it a "re-do".
He is still in as much pain as he was prior to the surgery, but the nurse practioner he has seen for his post-op, just keeps telling him this is normal and he will get better. He cries out in pain occasionally with movement, and is very depressed. He cannot work; he can't really do much of anything. He is going to physical therapy twice a week. He tries to go for walks, but it's painful for me, as his mom, to even watch him walk, as he walks like an old man (no offense to anyone, please).
He thinks he should get another MRI, but the NP just dismisses his concerns and says that there is no need for one.
Does anyone have any suggestions?? Is this normal?