Hi I am a new member, just thought I wouls give my background
I injured my lower back 5-22-07 hadmicrodecompression surgery on L4/5 8-16-07, went back to work 9-11-07 (Tradesman) re-herniated the disc 12-29-07 sneezing in my sleep! Had L4/5 fused 5-6-08.
I have been in pain since. Was released with permanent restrictions 2-24-09. Then in May had an epsiode of severe "lightning bolt" type pain 4-5 times went to ER, My surgeon ordered new Mri which showed L5-S1 disc bulge effecting nerve root with an anular tear.
Had ESI done on 8-25-09 and the PM Dr hit a nerve and I have been in as much pain numbness and weakness as I was before surgery.
I am affraid the nerve damage may be permanent. The Dr doesn't realy want to talk about it and said there is no more he can do.
I am now waiting for WC to approve a second opinion.