I have a micro discectomy/hemi laminectommy performed on March 3, 2009 by an othropedic surgeon. I am still hurting in my lower back from L-5 into my lower spine and my left buttock. The doctor stated the burning itching pain in my buttock is the sciatica nerve healing. I have seen him on April 7, May 7 and May 28, 2009. I informed him on all 3 visits that I still have the above mentioned pain plus when my left heel touches the ground I feel pain in my lower back, problems sitting for any length of time, and random shards of pain running up my lower spine when I might move certains ways like taking a drink out of the refrigerator or putting something back. He has put me on vicodin for pain, cortizone and neuotin. I am scared to take the neurotin. He has not offered to run an mri. I am scared something else is going on. I do not have any problem with my left leg anymore. Has anyone had these symptons/problems and what did you do. Do I need to see a neurosurgeon?
Thank you for your time.