Please help ease my mind. I spoke with the NP at my surgeon's office on Friday, and she said it is probably muscular, but I want to get your thoughts.
I had a two-level posterior thoracic discectomy on 7/6/11 on T8-9-10. The initial pain I had was midback and wrapped around my right side. After surgery I felt 95% better, except I developed left-sided pain as a result. That continued up until October, and I have been doing well (other than my usual AS symptoms) for the past couple of months.
Fast forward to now, the other day I was exercising (I am working on losing weight) and I felt this shock-like feeling in the area where I used to have pain, on the right side of my back. I decided to back off of the exercising and take it easy for the next few days. Well, the last couple of days I can barely even walk up the stairs without feeling this shock-like feeling in that area. If I am laying/sitting/standing still, I am fine. But as soon as I start moving around, I feel what I can only describe as an electrical shock in that area. It is unlike ANY muscle pain I have ever had, and it is not a spasm because I do not feel the muscle contracting.
All I can think about is that I have re-herniated. I keep trying to tell myself that it's muscular, but it just does not feel that way. I am terrified because my surgeon had warned me that if I reherniated, I would need to have a fusion. I don't know if I should call the NP again or if I should wait it out a little longer. I am currently on Prednisone for my AS, so I'm hoping if there is inflammation in the area, the Prednisone will help.