I was injured at work in April 2010. I had a Herniated buldging disc at L4/L5. I tried PT, Injections and then the doctor suggested Microdiscectomy/Lamenectomy. I fought workers comp forever and lost in the end. After 11 months of being injured with my nerve compressed, I had a Microdiscectomy/Lamenectomy on the L4/L5 on March 22, 2011. I gained back the use of my left foot and leg. However, after surgery, I've never fully recovered. I'm still dealing with nerve and back pain, leg pain and foot pain, swelling of the left foot only.
I requested my ortho doc to have another MRI. It still showed a buldging disc with 2cm of a fluid like substance "possible bland or infected". Upon returning to the ortho, he said all changes in the MRI were "normal postoperative changes", however, he sent me for blood work to see if an infection was indicated. The blood counts came back ok, however, he ran a test call "Cardio CRP" and it came back high. Upon doing a search on google, looks like it is related to possible sudden heart problems. When I googled Cardio CRP AND back surgery, it came back with this is one of the tests doc perform to see if there is an infection.
My questions are:
Has anyone ever had this fluid like substance, if so, what happened?
Has anyone ever had this test ran?
Does anyone have any info on this at all?
On another note, the primary doc has asked me to also see a neuro surgeon. Is there anything I need to make sure that I ask when I go?
Thank you in advance for all your help!