4 years ago I had a L4/5 disectomy. Since then I have led a normal life returning to work, playing golf etc etc. The operation left me with scar tissue but I have never had any problems over the last 3-4 years. In December last year I fell very heavily at my business. I appeared to be ok and as it was the week before I closed for the xmas period everything seemed ok. By the first week in January I started to get a very deep throbbing pain in my lower left back area. I reopened my shop and tried to work but my back became very uncomfortable with this throbbing pain. I decided to take 2 weeks off and rest further. My symptoms got worse and I started to get burning pins and needles in my left foot, kind of exploding shooting pains down my leg and numbness. I went to the docs and he sent me for an mri. The MRI showed a disc protuding, and I was told to rest. Symptoms got even worse and I was starting to struggle walking as my left leg/foot was going numb, and bedtime is a nightmare as the pain seems to be more severe when I lie down? I went back to work but ended up in A&E as I could hardly walk. Anyway, after a further MRI with Contrast, my spinal surgeon has decided that it isn't a protuding disc at all, but the scar tissue from my previous operation resting on nerves, and that he considered an operation not worth it as it could do more damage than good. OK, now the questions I wanna ask and would love for some help and advice if possible: 1)Is it possible like my surgeon suggests that the trauma of the fall I had moved/dislodged the scar tissue? 2)I am awaiting a 2nd opinion but am I seriously kinda like not gonna be able to work again? How bad is this gonna get? All he says is "its a pure case of pain management" thats all we can do". I am only 49 and have worked all my life. To be told theres nothing he can do for me is kinda hard to believe.
I would greatly appreciate any help form you guys.
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