I am new to spine-health. I had a microdiskectomy in June of 07 with very positive results. My pain previous traveled down my left leg. I have had a few flare-ups here and there but nothing major. I recently began having severe foot and ankle pain that traveled up into my calf. Severe burning. This is in the right leg. My back has begun to hurt, sciatica pain. It hurts to sit. I thought, o.k. I will go see a foot doctor, something is wrong with my foot. First, they said I had plantar fasciatis. O.k. did a cortisone injection. Did nothing but make my foot hurt worse! Then they did an mri that showed swelling of the ankle and leg, got expensive insoles, more injections, no relief. Also, medrol dose pack. Being the proactive type that I am about health care and knowing that I have had back issues in the past I went to see my back surgeon last week. He ordered an MRI and I told him about the foot thing. Here are the MRI results. Some history on me. I am 37, small so there is no extra weight on the back, i do carry a lot. I work in outside sales, drive a ton!!!! lift about 40 pounds in and out of the car all day long!!! drive 3000 miles per month. Healthy, active adult 5'5 118 pounds with a very active 4 year old daughter. This has come on suddenly and I am in a lot of pain! I do not take anything for the pain, I am suffering through it for now. I need this fixed. I can't live like this. Any advice please???? will this clear on it's own or is this something that I will need a second surgery on? All comments welcome!!!!!!
mri results as follows
central disc protrusion at the l5-s1 level that does not results in nerve root impingement
scar formation surrounding the left s1 nerve root at the left hemilaminotomy site (yes I know this is where they cut me open originally, so i am assuming this is causing irritation on my nerve root?)