I had an L5S1 microdiscectomy/hemilaminectomy on April 9,2009 and seven weeks to the day my opposite leg/buttock started pins & needles. I had another MRI in the end of July and neuro says everything looks fine. Why do I still have sciatica in my opposite leg and how can I get rid of it? I've done 1.5 months of PT. It is now five month after surgery and I still have pain in left side and sitting for any length of time is difficult.
Well, my Ortho said I should have been back to work 3 months after my microdisc and it has now been five. He also said that I had a pretty significant herniation and it may take longer. As I said in an earlier post, I did have a follow up mri after I started getting these symptoms and it came back clean. I don't know much about this stuff but it seems strange to me that I would now have pins/needles in the opposite leg and have a clean mri. I'm thinking medrol dospak at the least and/or esi but ortho wants to wait and see. Am I doing further damage by waiting? I've had these symptoms on and off(mostly "on") for three months. I've tried acupuncture, various juices, etc. I guess a witch doctor is next!
I just met with my neuro today and he is sending me for a CT scan of my pelvis/lower back, an appointment with pain management and one with a rehab physician? He assumed that pain management will probably be giving me an injection. Anybody have any input?