Well, my soul-crushing post-op review with the surgeon happened, and this is what I was told:Large amount of scar tissue around incision area and around root of S1 nerve. Acute radiculopaty.
He showed me a couple of film slides, and it certainly looks like a clear white stain around incision and all the way to the nerve.
The prescription: six month of physical therapy and pain management, and "then we'll see". The doctor dispatched me quickly, and didn't answer all my questions. He referred everything to the "we'll see then what next steps to take".
I like to have the bird's eye view of my situation, personally.
I started physical therapy and it's not making a lick of difference. Just like before surgery. The pain keeps increasing, and even extending to the other leg too. I'm limping profusely, and using cane to walk.
I scheduled my appointment with the pain mngmt doctor, and it's not coming until a couple of weeks.
In the meantime, I met with another physician that I trust, he looked at the new MRIs and mentioned something that the surgeon and the MRI report did not mention: in addition to the scar tissue formation, there is a large re-herniation in the L5-S1 area
. He showed me in the film slide. It's as obvious as a thumb jamming the spinal cord. He suggested I get a second opinion from a highly qualified specialist in the field (either neuro or orthopedic).
I'm nervous, scared, and feel I need a really, really good second opinion, so I can tackle this problem and move on with my life. This has been going for too long, and I'm exhausted of being in so much pain. If anyone can help me, thee are my questions:
- First and foremost, I need a detailed, thorough SECOND OPINION on my case. Is it scar tissue, is it a re-herniation, or both? I need a recommendation for a top-notch spine neurologist or orthopedic doctor in NYC (you can send me your doctor's suggestion as a private email if it makes you feel more comfortable).
- Scar tissue: how do you deal with it? All doctors recommended against a second operation, because they say it would cause more scar tissue. The physician put it very bluntly, said this could become a chronic condition. Aside from potential corticoid shots and the physical therapy, is there anything I can take or do to soften it? What are my options? Someone mentioned "enzymes" that soften it up. Which enzymes are these, and how can I get them?
- (Potential) Re-Herniation: The surgeon and the MRI lab people apparently missed this, but my physician just showed me this slide from the last MRI, and it looks like a large bulge poking the spine at L5-S1 (I'm no doctor, but to me it looks larger than before surgery). What are my options here? How can they miss this? What can I do to further look into this matter? Do I bring it up to the surgeon or the MRI lab, or should I wait until I get a second opinion?
Any advise, recommendations, and suggestions are highly appreciated.