I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about me and my situation. I am sure my story is very familiar to a lot on here.
I suffered with 2 herniated discs (L4/L5 and L5/S1) for some years now. Been through countless rounds of PT, different pain meds, etc. Nothing helped. The numbness in my right leg and foot got so bad that I fell a couple of times. I constantly felt like a knife was in my hip. I was not able to sleep through the night due to horrendous cramps in my leg and foot.
Finally decided last year to see a neurosurgeon. Had my first surgery, a microdiscectomy, on August 14, 2008. Went through PT as part of recovery and felt like a new person. Five months later I was in pain again. This time the pain was different. Nerve pain shooting down the front of my right leg, numbness in my shin, and again the stabbing pain in my hip.
Had my second surgery on May 5, 2009. Same procedure as the first one. My NS told me I had a lot of scar tissue built up on the remaining disc and he cleaned it all out.
My pain, however, did not go away. In fact it got worse each day.
Another MRI and visit to my NS, and now I am scheduled for a PLIF on July 2nd.
My NS did say that he is only going to have to put the screws and rod on the right side and not both sides. I am totally new to this so I don't know what the implications of that are, or if it will cut down my recovery time.
This will be 3 surgeries in less than 1 year. I am frustrated, a little scared and mostly really tired of the pain.
I also have 3 bulging discs: C4, T8 and T9.
I have been scouring the posts here and have found wonderful tips and comforting stories of other people's journey though this.
I am glad I found you!