:S Hello to all. I've been reading spine-health and the forums for quite a long time, but now it's time to ask for opinions.
In the 7 plus years since I started with back pain, I've gone through 3 rounds of PT, the last with slight success; also have had a number of injections of steroids with not much success at all. Seems like this time, the pain is not going away, although it varies in intensity.
My left thigh is numb and burning. If I stand or walk for any period of time, I start having lots of pain in my thigh, my hip, and then my back, with waves of spasm.
The ortho doc I went to finally said he thought a laminectomy would help me, with possibly a 95% chance of improvement. I thought about that, and then decided to go to a spinal surgeon. After his evaluation, he said he wouldn't operate, only 50% chance of improvement, not enough encroachment on the nerves.
My problem is I still have the pain no matter what the 2nd doctor says. I'm thinking of doing 1 of 3 things: seeing either a neurologist or a neurologic surgeon; going back to ortho doc #1 and letting him operate; or going to an arthritis doctor for an evaluation, as I have serious DDD going on.
If the laminectomy would clear out L2-L3, it would help a great deal with the pain in the left leg, so this is my favorite choice. I'm just wondering what others think.
Thanks for having this page, I love all the advice and can really empathize with everyone in back pain.