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I think that I may need surgery again?

HeidiLynnMHHeidiLynnM Posts: 445
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello everyone :H .

I had a microdiscetomy (sp) in june, and I am now in a lot of pain like I was before the surgery, in a way worse. I am wondering if anyone has reherniated their disk again after this surgery? I have a very big feeling that I did, I am in a lot of pain. It did go away for a little while after the surgery, but the last few weeks have been bad.

I am going to see my surgeon on the 23rd, it is a week earlier than planned. I called, and told them that I am in a lot of pain. Can they see if there has been this happening through a xray? I know that I will be able to get one of those, but I will have to get approval if I need another mri. I am very worried that I will need a fusion now :T . I am very scared of that, but I can't take this pain anymore.

Any ideas would be great. I got hurt on the job almost 5 years ago. I waited a long time to get surgery, I tried all of the non-invasive surgery, injections before I decided to do surgery. I now feel like I did a big mess of things. I did my best not to bend, lift for awhile, but I am a mom. I can't not do that forever, and I thought that I was okay to start back to my normal life, but I see that wasn't true!!!!!
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  • Heidi,

    It is true that you can reherniate the area again. However till you see the surgeon lets just hope it is not. In the mean time try and find something more positive to focus on. As far as blame don't blame yourself for what has happened, you can't live your life in a bubble. I applaud you on the other hand for sticking with conservative therapy for so long and avoiding surgery. So don't beat yourself up over what happened. Honestly it if it did happen maybe now is the best time and not a year from now or so when you would be truly feeling better.

    Good luck on the 23rd and try to think positive thoughts that you won't need the fusion surgery. Just keep us posted.
  • Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post. I just seem to blame myself for a lot! I wonder if it is a mom thing? Anyhow, I guess we will see what the doctor has to say. I don't like this pain at all, it is starting to get old. I am sure everyone else understands along with you :)
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  • I haven't had back surgery yet, but had cervical surgeries. I know what "pain returned" is like, and yes it is scary. I know it's hard, but try not to put the cart before the horse. Hopefully your appointment will yield some answers one way or another. I am sending you positive energy in that you will hopefully find it is something that can be treated to make you comfortable.

    And too I agree, blaming yourself? Try not to do that. You just had major surgery, and even if you did every single thing you were told to do, stuff can still happen. You know, like the phrase "Bad things happen to Good people?" I know its hard, but try and give yourself a break and the benefit of the doubt. See what your doctor finds out - we pay them big money for what they know, and what they can do...right? :) Gentle support *HUGZ*

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Hey there...yes you can reherniate. It's especially more likely within the 1st 3 months.

    But don't worry just yet. Maybe it's just an inflammation? Or a muscle strain. To tell, they will likely send you for another MRI with and without contrast (so they can distinguish scar tissue).

    If you did reherniate, they can perform the procedure again. It's called a revision Microdiscectomy.

    I'll be on later this week. I'm 6 months post op of a revision MicroD on L5/S1.
  • p.s. I agree Brenda on not blaming yourself.
    I tried to figure out what I did to reherniate and the doctors assured me, it was likely nothing I did, it's just a statistical thing.
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  • Bingo on that!! "statistical thing" I was having a Lyrica moment and couldn't think of a generically GREAT way to describe it! Statistical is perfect! :) My brain says "Thanks" DNice! :) *hug*

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I just wish the statistical thing would work in my favor when I played the lottery instead!
  • I am hurting a lot tonight :( I may have to take some pain meds. I do take tramadol, but it just doesn't cut it anymore. I hope that I will find the answers! If I indeed reherniate, why would they do a revision of the discectomy? I have a lot of back pain too. That has always been there with this. As far as not blaming myself, I thank you guys for explaining it to me. I did feel like it was my fault. I am so glad that there are others to talk to that know just how you feel!
  • Heidi,

    I was told - mind you this is from my possible revision for my neck - they don't always take all the disc material out, hence the re-herniation if indeed that is the case. Remember, "No cart before the horse" okay? My surgeon told me they would have to remove the plate and screw and the graph originally used for fusion so they can regain access to the level that there are problems in. Once they fix what they need to, they insert a new graph or cage etc., and lock it all back down. This is just a basic explanation that I can think of.

    With multiple levels there is more involved. For mine it will be anterior and posterior entry to fix and stabilize (3-4 levels), so it's different there. I've put 2 links that might help you, but again don't try and think bad without knowing for sure yet, okay? The first one is an article on here, and the second a members experience with it.

    http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/anteriorposterior-lumbar-fusion-surgery

    http://www.spine-health.com/forum/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery/lumbar-revision-surgery-experience-long

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • sad to say that i also reherniated about 8 months following a lumbar surgery. i had a fusion within 2 years of this. i did nothing that i can think of to bring on this recurrent disk. good luck to you, i feel for you.
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