I would appreciate input and comments from patients and doctors alike, anyone with this experience or knowledge.
I am 48 yr Male, just had L5-S1 rt. postolateral discectomy and fusion (8-27-09). Previous to surgery I was experiencing left hip and siatica pain, diagnosed Herniated L5-S1, this symptom seems to be totally gone now 7 weeks post op, but now I have constant and increased pain on my right low back and hip, cant bend without (much more) pain and this is "new" pain since my discogram. In short, right now, I feel worse than before the surgery and at the moment am regretting getting the discogram. I can only manage the pain with the NORCO codene(2 per day) and 800mg ibuprofen (1 per day), and ambien-cr to get to sleep. I had a second MRI yesterday and doctor indicated that all was normal and is sending me to PT. I am a fairly healthly stocky fella 38 waist,(210lbs) and admittedly some PT may strenghen me up so I will do it, but I feel that the Discogram prior to surgery did more harm than good as the right side pain started after this procedure and has not gone away, even after the surgery. I work at a desk and walk a fair amount and have lots of stairs at home so I am getting that type of exercise. Does anyone have any suggestions or experiences?