I had a microdiscectomy on L5 S1 in June, which was, what I thought, a great success.
I was wrong. Now, almost 5 months later, the pain has returned almost full force. The only difference this time is that my foot is not numb (yet). The pain started again 3 weeks ago, and has gotten progressively worse. Again, it is all leg pain! Oddly enough, this time it doesn't hurt to walk, it hurts more to sit.
According to the first MRI, the problem is with this one disc only (L5 S1), everything else is fine. How can one disc cause SO much trouble??
What happened here! I followed every instruction, I never bend at the waist, I don't even carry my purse on my shoulder anymore! I have walked my butt off everyday.I did everything I was told, and here we are again.
I suppose this is a reherniation. I won't see the doctor until next Friday, and in the interim I am freaking out. I cannnot live with this pain for the rest of my life!
So, do these problems EVER get resolved? Does anyone have any positive results with a repeat microdiscectomy? Are we talking fusions here? Wouldn't that ruin the good discs around it?
I am profoundly depressed that this has reared it's ugly head again and frightened that my life is ruined.
Any insight anyone?
Happy Halloween by the way.