Just over 8 weeks out of my L5S1 MicroD, bilateral foraminotomies.
I've been trying to tell my doctor for well over a month now that SOMETHING is WRONG!
I kept being told to call them back in a few weeks if it worsens.. Well it did and I called last week..
Guess what.. they told me to call them back in a week if it doesn't get better!
So I took another route..
Thank goodness for my physical therapist who was concerned something wasn't right and referred me to a physiatrist who examined me and ordered the MRI and EMG.
Received my MRI Results from last week and also had an EMG today..
Post Op MRI Results:
Well defined small disc recurrent disc protrusion 3mm Centrally
Amorphous material within the left paracental and foraminal zone which is new with possibility of recurrent disc herniation or postop granulation.
Secondary left neural foraminal stenosis which is of moderate degree, appearing worse than pre-op exam in 1/2010 which involves the left lateral recess with likely associated stenosis affecting the transiting nerve root.
Right neural foramen also reveals evidence of a disc herniaiton versus postoperative change resulting in moderate stenosis also with interval worsening.
Mild facet disease at the MID lumbar levels (I NEVER had this before above L5S1!!)
In Summary: I've more than likely got 2 new disc herniations, my stenosis is WORSE and I've got facet disease starting in my mid lumbar region.
To Add Insult to Injury: I had an EMG today.. the results indicate active nerve damage most likely being caused by the new herniations and increased stenosis.
I'm so upset about this..
My next step is to get another MRI w/ contrast this week to try and differentiate the problem areas as scar-tissue or re-herniations.
I'm heartbroken that I have the exact same leg radiculopathy I did when I started and now additional back pain and an L5S1 full of scar tissue and who knows what.
I have no idea what to do now..