My name is Sharon. I am 39 years old. I had discectomy/laminectomy on L5 right side and S1 left side. I have had pain since waking up unable to move in Sept. of 09. During the remainder of 09 up until my surgery on Oct. 5th 2010, I had PT, 10 total injections mixing nerve blocks, epidurals and transferaminals. I also had 11 visits to the Chiropractor(recommened by neurosurgeon). None of the injections helped more than a couple of days. Finally in Sept. I was tripping over my feet at work and almost landed in the deep fryer. Told my Dr that was it. I was done.
Two weeks after my surgery my right leg locked up and I could not even stand on it, the most horrible pain I had ever felt. Called the afterhours service, finally the next morning called the Dr. office and was cut short with its normal, its normal. So I dealt with it. It did pass in about 3days. Had PT for 4wks, pain in hips was unbearable so they kept me out of work and I did 4 more wks of PT. Still no better, had another MRI, results showed post surgical changes, a broad based protrusion at L5, and it showed the L5 nerve root was crowded otherwise not compromised. Dr. office called and told me there was nothing there to be causing my pain. I asked if they would order a mylogram CT because my sister works for a neurosergeon and she said sometimes a mylogram CT will pick up what an MRI will not, the Dr. said he would not order because MRI showed no reason too. Continued PT, they did a myofascial something to help align my hips. This made the hip pain disappear but 2 days later on Christmas day, that horrible pain I had felt 2 wks after surgery was back in my right leg every time I stand or walk for more than 5 minutes or so.
The Dr. ordered another nerve conduction study. I called to ask for the results today because they did not call me like they said they would. The nurse called me back and told me that there was a problem with the L5 nerve root but she could not tell me anything else. The doctor would discuss it and my next step with me on my next visit.
I am 4 months past surgery. I am confused. This L5 is the nerve area he did a laminectomy on and the MRI just said crowded. The neurologist that did the nerve study said he could tell me that there was no major damage but he would not know about smaller damage until he did some calculations. If my L5 had a laminectomy, how can it be crowded causing me a problem. I have researched hours upon hours and have found nothing about constant pain with standing and walking. The pain intensifies until I sit down. Sitting is the only thing that stops it. I have had to sit in the floor at the mall, grocer, 2 funerals, I am beginning to think I will never walk normally again.
I started taking gabapentin(Nerotin) and amitriptyline for the nerve pain but after a month it has hardly phased it. I also had another transferaminal injection 2 wks ago and it was no help either.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this?