I had L4-L5-S1 disectomy in December 2008. The pain has returned unfortunately. Did my MRI and it showed L4-L5 herniated pretty bad. L5-S1 isn't as bad. Now I have bad pain shooting down my left leg, in addition to the tightness and pain in my lower back. Before the surgery, I didn't have the shooting pain down my left leg and foot but it was really bad when the pain hit me - it would put me down for days and i couldn't move until the inflamaion went down.
At any rate, I went for epidural injection two weeks ago. Nothing really changed. Pain was not there for 3 days and then it came back. I'm going for another one this Friday.
My surgeon told me if epidural doesn't help, then I may need another disectomy. I asked him about a fusion; he said it's much more serious surgery for the conditions of my lower back.
Wanted to ask out there. If you had a 2nd discectomy, how was the recovery? How have you been since then? Of course, I know each of us is different and the stats say 15% of first time patients with discectomy end up getting a second one. I know that I can't predict if it will herniate again after a second surgery, but just wanted you to share your experience if you had the same thing and how it's been.
Thank you. Best to all of us who suffer with back pain.