This is my first post, I have looked over the internet for answers but with no luck, so I hope you guys can help.
I am 10 weeks post opp and I still seem to have constant sciatic pain all down my leg/buttocks. Ive been taking over the counter Ibrofen every day since the opp, and although this makes the pain "bearable" it does not cure the problem. My straight leg raise is non existant and walking/standing can only be done at a minimum due to the pain. The mornings seem to be the worse but im not sure if its because of the position ive slept in or if the pain killers have worn off!
I had a follow up MRI scan (with fluid injected into my bloodstream) 9 weeks post opp, which shows a "white fragment" in between my disc and nerve. The surgeon was not sure what it could be and suggested it could be a piece of disc from the opp. His gut instinct was that if it were disc it will just degenerate away with time (not sure if this is true?).
He then suggested that if the pain was still there at 12 weeks he would reccommend me to have an epidural, does this not just mask the pain and not solve the problem??
This is my second opp on the same disc within 6 years. The first opp I was pain free within days although this time its entirely different. My problem is Im compairing this surgery to the last one, so im really worried!
Im currently having physio once a week, but this only gives me more pain!
Im 33 years of age, and up until the last opp, very fit and active. I have my first child due to arrive in 3 weeks and im really concerned I wont be able to lift/hold/play with her like ive always dreamed of.
If anyone out there has been through anything similer or has any advise it would be much appricated,