Hello...I am new to this forum and am looking for someone who may have some advice. For the past 18 months, I have had what I considered to be severe sciatic pain in my left buttock area and down my left leg, as well as some numbness down the outer side of my ankle. Most of the pain occurred upon standing or bending, etc., but it was definitely enough to keep me from doing many of the things I love in life. A year ago I had an MRI that confirmed a slight L4/L5 disc herniation. I tried all the conservative measures (chiro, PT, 5 steroid injections) and after a year and a half of no relief, was encouraged by my primary care doc and the orthopedic surgeon to go for the micro-discectomy. The surgeon who performed it last week is the chief of the Spine Surgery dept., and has done this for 20 years with great success. Everyone said I was a great candidate for success based on my age, fitness level, location of pain, etc.
Anyway, I know it's only been 6 days, but, the pain I am experiencing post-surgery is 10x worse than what I had before surgery. Not only is the pain itself more constant as opposed to intermittent, it is much more severe and my left foot and ankle are completely numb. I spent 7 hours in the Emergency Dept at the hospital on Saturday b/c the doc on call said there could be blood pooling in the area causing the increased pain and numbness, so I needed to have it checked out. Of course they didn't find any cause for alarm, but sent me home with Prednisone and Percocet, which are only providing some relief from the pain. They did not do an MRI at the ER.
The surgeon has called to check on me, and said it is too early to be concerned about re-herniation, but I am worried. Is it normal to have the pain get so much worse before it gets better? He said it's not unheard of, but, people I know who have had this done have had almost instant pain relief. My husband and I almost got into a car accident on the way home from the hospital the day of surgery, so I'm wondering whether the swerving and hitting the brakes hard to avoid the car coming into our lane could have jarred something out of whack in there?
If anyone has had a similar experience, I'd appreciate hearing from you! Should I push for another MRI to confirm that all is well, or just wait it out? I can't live on this much pain medication with 2 young kids at home!