I had a laminectomy on March 5, 2009 for central spinal stenosis. The surgery took care of the sciatica pain down my left leg but I still have numbness in the lower part of the leg and it just aches. I still can't walk much because my lower back hurts so bad. I also am having trouble sitting for very long at work. I have arthritis at L3 thru S1, DDD, facet syndrome, grade I spondylolisthesis. I just want to be pain free and don't know what else to do.
The ortho doctor I seen wanted to give me the laminectomy/fusion at L4/L5 so I decided on the neuro doctor that said just the laminectomy would do. I've stopped taking my pain meds because they give me nausea and constipation. I now take 3 ibuprofen whenever I can't stand it any longer and they don't help much.
Does anyone have any suggestions?