Hello all! I'm new here to the site. I had a discectomy for my L4-L5 disc back on 8-15-11, as it was severely herniated and pressing on my spinal cord. The pain went away for a good 4-5 months until just last week. I went to see my surgeon and he put me on prednisone and extra strength vicodin. I'm on day 1 of the steroids, and taking 2 ES vicodin every 6 hours. (Which barely relieves my leg pain.) I guess my question is, how many have had failed discectomies and how did you deal with it? I'm a single mom of an almost 3 year old little boy, and I feel like another surgery would be emotionally crushing. Thanks for letting me vent a bit. No one I know personally has been through this, so it's hard for them to understand.
DDD L4-5 & L5-S1 w/ herniation
Failed discectomy, 8-15-11
L4-S1 ALIF (2 plastic cages, 2 plates and 8 screws), 1-4-13
FBSS & SI joint dysfunction, 12-30-13
1 year post-op CT hardware scan & left SI joint injection, 1-17-14