I'm wondering if anyone out there has had a similar experience and maybe some words of wisdom - as i'm feeling like i'm hitting a wall.
I've had long term back problems since I was a kid, mostly L4/5. In february 2009 I underwent a laminectomy/discectomy at L4/5 and S1. Seemed to be recovering well, but then re-herniated in July/August and had a 2nd Discectomy surgery in August 2009 for "massive herniation" of L4/5. I've had residual nerve pain radiating down my right leg since, has ultimately gotten a bit better (meaning not constant) but it's still there. Have also had major issues with tendons (hard as rocks), which never seem to get better, no matter how many anti-inflammatories I've taken or how much massage I got.
MRI in October showed that S1 was prolapsed or bulging a bit, but not too big an issue because of past surgeries.
I've gone to PT, but then was stopped by the therapist as she felt it was doing more harm than good. Now scheduled for another CAT scan this weekend and Nerve root block next week at the L5 (which i'm scared of doing). Right foot has gone cold in past week - and as from yesterday, i can barely stand up due to back pain/tightness. When I move, I have excruciating pain in lower back (almost feels like i have a vise on my spine) and then quick bolts of pain down my legs (both). Pain is so bad today that it's making me nauseous.
Have talked to dock about 360 degree fusion of L4/5 and S1 (ALIF/PLIF) but he seems to be pushing me towards the nerve root blocks every 6 months. I'm having trouble with this, because I'm not at a point where I want to consider pain management as my route for the rest of my life.
Anyone with similar experiences/surgeries? I'm thinking I want to push for the ALIF/PLIF in the next few months, but that will also be my 3rd major surgery in about 1 year. I'm just at my wits end and am starting to question everything.
Any help/advice, etc.. is greatly appreciated.