I'm 46 y.o. and underwent a laminectomy twenty years ago due a very bad L5-S1 herniation. I was certain the operation was a complete success... until now. Now and from more than two months I've been suffering from leg pain, tingling, numbness.
I've got a MRI which shows no new herniations but scar tissue surrounding the right side S1 nerve roots. An electromyography shows severe radiculitis from S1. No excruciating pain but a permanent bothering feeling accompanies me all the time. Hip and calf muscle contractures are permanent as not being able to get a complete night's sleep. I used to swim, go to the movies, walk long distances. I can't do any of that anymore. I'm still able to work but have problems concentrating. Very bad anxiety spells are not uncommon at night. The work environment isn't helping either as the department I work on is being re-structured without me being able to be 100% "me".
My neurosurgeon, the same who operated me 20 years ago, is going for conservative treatment, so I'm just on anti-inflammatories. If things don't progress he says I should get surgery for removing the scar tissue. However I'm very affraid of that operation as its outcome tends to be far from satisfactory.
So, I don't know what to do to help myself. I'm feeling progressively more anxious and depressed as time passes and I see no improvements. A day I feel better just to feel worse the next one. I just dread the idea of getting worse.
Does anyone know of successful treatments for post-op fibrosis?