In December, I started noticing a familiar back ache. The same pain I had years ago right before my successful L4/L5 laminectomy in 2006. At that time, i was told i had ddd.
I started seeing a spine doc in Atlanta, received tramadol and percocets, & got a quick shot in the back at my first appt. He also had me start PT which was great at first. Unfortunately though, I still had back pain and he ordered MRI #1 that was done on January 25, 12. Results were: multilevel lumbar mild arthropathy (arthritis), multilevel ddd, & numerous bulging/protruding discs. So I had epid steroid injection #1. After about 5days, it proved to help for two nice weeks.
Some time in February though, I started having the dreaded sciatica down my left leg. (I remember an exercise ball being particularly rough on me one day PT. Perhaps it was the culprit!) So I had epid steroid injection #2 which leaves me w/ no back pain... But I can't kick this leg pain!!!
Finally, last week I went to go pick up my students from P.E., and realized I could barely walk w/ them back upstairs to our class. I believe I even experienced a foot drop during that long walk across the elementary school campus. 15 min later, the school counselor was taking me to the E.R. There, they did MRI #2 that showed that the L4/L5 disc has COMPLETELY herniated into my nerves. ER doc said I'll have to have surgery and sent me home with OxyContin Rx and Medrol dosing pack.
My question: I feel like I'm awfully young to be having a 2nd back surgery. Anyone else out there ever felt this way? I mean, is this going to happen every 6 or so years?