Hello. I am new to this forum so I might as well introduce myself first. I am 22 years old and I just recently had my second back surgery in June. It was a re-do of the L4-L5 discectomy that I had when I was 20 years old. During the first surgery, I also had a discectomy & laminectomy on the L5-S1 disc. I have never been injured, and no doctor can find a reason why I am having such issues. I am also a college student.
I started to realize something was wrong again when I was having incredible difficulty trying to sit through class. Even just 55 minutes was terrible. As soon as the semester was over, I noticed a tremendous change. I still had back pain/sciatica, but it was not nearly as bad as when I was sitting for hours a day in classes. I knew that even though the pain wasn't as bad, when I go back in the fall, it would more than likely flare up again, so I chose to have the surgery.
It has now been six full weeks since my surgery, and sitting still aggravates my back. It's nothing compared to the pain I was in, but it is pain none-the-less. This will be my senior year, and I was planning on applying to graduate school. However, my degree will be in Sociology, and my minor is in Psychology, so either one I choose will involve a whole lot of sitting once I begin my career. I am worried that if I choose to go on, sitting will become an issue and I won't be able to perform my job properly.
My question is, has anyone had a discectomy and laminectomy and experienced sciatica/low back pain long after the procedures were performed? I asked my neurosurgeon his opinion and his response was "It's tough to say." He's a very difficult man to get any information out of.