Hi. I guess it is a good thing that I haven't been on in awhile and seems my old signin and password are gone. So I am back again in new form with similiar issues.
Couple things: Can't remember where to change my password and add a sign on? Help?
I had laminectomy in December 2005 on L5-S1 (at 35 years old). This was after years of physical therapy, epidurals, chiropractic care. Was good for a couple of years after the residual siactica went away. Then in early 2008 I fell on ice and the pain specialist told me I re-herniated a disc. Went for a year of shots and physical therapy and at the end of 2008 had laser disectomy. The relief was good for quite ahwhile but never perfect. Then in later 2009 I got a abdominoplasty hoping it would help support my core and make me look better (it did the second only it seems). In April my back went out for several days, pain like I never felt, and I got an epidural which gave me relief and he sent me home with a steroid pack just in case. Ended up taking that a right after July 4th..did nothing. Called and asked him to send me for MRI a week ago after a month of nonstop naproxen, muscle relaxants for about a week which did nothing, and every night taking percocet to be able to fall asleep and ignore the pain. I have aches in back of thigh and along side my calf. I have numbness and tingling periodically in whole leg and foot. My back gets achy. If I lay down it is the worst possible position but sitting doesn't feel so hot either. Finally, I am always worse before I take the naproxen in the morning and when it wears off at the end of the day. Clearly it is masking something.
So..the MRI shows a blown out disc at L4 and L5 is not looking so hot either. Now my guy is pretty conservative..as you can see by all the shots...but he is sending me to the surgeon. He thinks the microdisectomy didn't work for me (it is new and a conservative surgery method) and thinks I need to look at possible open back and he mentioned fusion. I am really not looking forward to having to take disability from work (AGAIN) or back surgery at ALL for that matter. Fusion scares the hell out of me.
Is there any thought that I could just live with this? What could happen if I do nothing (besides becoming addicted to pain med...and no I am not joking or making fun)?