Bit of background first
I had a laminectomy at L5S1 at the end of November 09. By the time my check up came around in February I was feeling great. Just some pins & needles & a very dull pain in the left leg, these were reducing in frequency & severity and so I returned to work at the end of Feb.
Since then I have been feeling progressively worse, with increased pain and numbness. My GP has ordered another scan & prescribed Lyrica & Ixprim & so far so good but I would prefer not to take meds at this point seeing as I have been on some fairly strong painkillers since October last (I should add that I have no other health issues)
My questions are:
1. has anybody else experienced such a set back after returning to "normal" life?
2. If so how long can I expect this to last (more or less)
3. What are the treatment options available apart from my current medication (I'd like to have a beer every now & then - lol)
4. Any ideas what the likleyhood is that I may have caused permanent damage to the nerve?
I really feel driving has not helped me here as I drive a manual car & all that clutching is a killer - I also drive a 50 mile round trip to & from work every day.
Any ideas / tips / advice criticisim etc most welcome
Thank a million