Very short history. Disc/laminectomy on my L5-S1 left side. Worked like a charm, although my back would often get "tired" and much to my annoyance I had to stop doing some of the more intense weight training activities.
Recently my pain doc treated me for a "Disfunctional SI joint" on the left. He gave me locals and I also take Mobic. Seems to be working.
Last week I got a bit of a stiff back after doing some stuff around the house (nothing crazy). I thought I would be able to sleep it off with some Soma to help out. Friday-Sunday I was in active pain, peaking at a 7-8. This was Percocet level pain. (Last time I took Percocet was 14 days after my op). Walking is incredibly painful and my 5 minute walk to work from the metro is now taking 15. My pain is now down to a constant 5 and I am taking Mobic 2x and Skolaxin or Soma regularly for some major muscle spasms. The NP just perscribed me Trumbal (?).
The MRI this morning (to my eye) shows a disc bulge which appears pronounced on the right at the L5-S1 level. Easy to see, as the laminar on the left side is not there. I can't tell if there are any cysts or arthroses. I will go back to the doc for a round of locals in my SI in a week and depending what he sees in my MRI, perhaps an epidural.
Way back when I first saw my surgeon he noted the potential for a problem on the right, but said he wouldn't address it pre-emptively and a double lami could cause issues with spinal stability.
I know I am jumping the gun here. But, I feel I know where this will end up, it's just a matter of when. My big question...can you have a discectomy/laminectomy on both sides at the same level?
Thank you for reading and in advance for your insight.