I am very scared this morning. My pain level is off the charts and I am having extreme weakness in my lower back and left leg again. I went to work, but I could not concentrate. I came home. I called the doctor's office, but they cannot see me until Wednesday. I had a microdiscetomy and hemi laminectomy for a large herniated disc at L5-S1 which was pressing on the nerve root on March 9, 2009. I was out of work for 6 weeks. I attempted full time, but I was into much pain, so went to 4 hours a day for 2 months, then 6 hours a day. I went to phyical therapy for 2 months, but I was still hurting, but I was able to handling it by taking 2 lortab a day and Gabapentin for sciatia. The lortab did not take all the pain away, but it help me to tolerate it. I told the doctor I was still hurting but I reckon he wanted to wait and see if I would heal on my own. I do not know. On July 18, 2009, something popped in my back and again on July 23, 2009. My pain level went through the roof. I saw the doctor (orthropedic surgery)on July 24, 2009. He scheduled a MRI and give me percocet 7.5/325 for pain. I am not able to take it when I work because it makes me dizzy and sick on the stomach. I take one in the evening. I had the MRI on August 6, 2009 and got a copy of report. It states the following.:
L2-3 - Minimal disc protrusion in the left foraminal zone.
L3-4 - Minimal disc protrusion in the left foraminal zone.
L4-5 - Minimal broad-based disc protrusion. Bilateral facet hypertrophy and minimal amount of fluid in the left facet joint.
L5-S1 - Mild to moderate righ facet hypertrophy. Some amount of enhancing scar in the central anterior epidural space. Disc protrusion in the left foraminal zone adjacent to the exiting left L5 nerve root. There is disc desiccation at L5-S1 with loss of intervertebral disc space height.
In layman terms, it looks like I have 4 herniated disc in the lumbar and facet disease.
I try to be positive, but just like now, I still cry a little because I am scared and hurt. I did not mean to write a book, but if anyone reads this. Thanks for listening and any insight you may be able to give.