Hi All, I went for my post op appointment with my neuro. He asked me how I am doing, and I explained that I am in the same amount of pain or more than before my surgery 7 weeks ago (2 level discectomy/laminectomy) He said that he went in and freed up the nerve by doing the discectomies and then removing alot of bone. He said that it was successful.
He said that my facet joints are a mess and I also have stenosis, which I knew. He told me to go for physio in a couple of months and then try facet joint injections. Then shook my hand, wished me luck and that was it, case closed.
I have been trying to be optimistic about my recovery, but now I am feeling so down. The neuro feels that he has done all that he can. I also have an orthopedic surgeon who I also see. Do you think that ortho docs are better for facet issues? In eight months (disc was impinged for a year) I went from no facet problems to moderate 8 months later) That MRI was 4 months ago, so who knows, at this rate probably severe.
He also did not think that it was good that I am on long acting narcotics, short acting, and valium. He thinks that I should take advil as narcotics are addictive.I know that I should try an anti inflamitory but advil ??, how does he think I can go from what I am on to that when even with my pain meds I am in alot of pain. My ortho prescribes my meds.
I just don't know what to do at this point. Any ideas on how to deal with facet issues, is there any real fix for that, as I know injections only work sometimes and then not for very long, from what I have read. Also when you have stenosis (that I assumed was "fixed?" with surgery), does that come back? I also have other bulging disks that could get worse.
Any ideas would be welcomed, as right now, I am just being felt like I have been tossed away by my neurosurgeon.
Hope everyone else is doing well
>:D< >:-D< : Karen
L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
adr L5-S1 Feb 2012