Hello Everyone, I'm looking for a little bit of insight from the community. I've been reading for quite some time and I find the knowledge and support on the forum to be outstanding.
Here's my story: I had an L5/S1 lamenectomy about 3 years ago at the age of 29. I was having shooting pain down my right leg and the decision was a no brainer at that point. The doc said that I had a 95% or better chance of being alleviated of that pain since it was obviously due to a bulging disc. I had the surgery and was pain free for about 2 1/2 years.
About 6 months ago the pain came back but this time it wasn't the same. It wasn't shooting all the way down my leg, it was more just from sitting, in my lower back, my buttocks and hips. The same doc recommended going back and doing the same surgery again, rather than a fusion, because it's less invasive. He said it wasn't as certain as my first one, but he was 50-60% sure I would get good results. He didn't want to do a fusion at such a young age because it puts more stress on the disc above, etc etc. I had the lamenectomy again and it's been an improvement but not all the way better.
I really struggle with laying in bed now, it hurts like hell when I wake up in the morning to move. I have really bad lower back pain and hip pain as well. I'm staying as active as I can, playing some tennis, doing yoga/pilates, working out with a physical therapist, doing cardio, etc. Long car rides hurt and so does long periods of exercise. I have gone back to my doctor twice since my last surgery in late June and he kind of gave me the "it is what it is" speech. He said I basically have no disk cushion anymore and it's basically arthritic pain, bone on bone rubbing at this point.
So, I want to ask everyone, is this normal and is there anything else anyone is doing in a similar situation to help with the pain? I do not want to do a fusion at this point and I'm really dreading one in the future if it becomes that debilitating.