Hi. Im 37 years old female and I had a L5-S1 disc herniation. I had a discectomy in order to relieve my right leg pain ( as nothing else worked). I was completely immobile for about 5 months and on MS Contin (morphine) 24 hours per day. I could not work or walk etc.. After the surgery, I had complete relief of the leg pain. I started taking walks as soon as I felt I could, as instructed by the doctor. I havent yet driven or returned to work. About 2 weeks after surgery the same pattern of leg pain re-appeared. A shooting and throbbing pain down my calf and into my heel. Then, a few days ago, I started getting tingling in my left foot ( which is the opposite leg which never hurt before). This is exactly how my right leg pain originally started. I have tried to reach the doctor and he has not yet returned my call. I'm reading about this all over the internet and I think I'm going nuts! I dont think that scar tissue would have developed that quickly. I can only think that the disc is re-herniated or perhaps I started doing too much and the nerves are still weak?? The reason I think I re-herniated the disc is because of the tingling in the opposite leg. Perhaps the bulge is now central.
This has consumed my life for a year now and I was so happy after the surgery. Has this ever happened to anyone? Please help! Thanks