I am 47 yrs old and athletic. I ran 2 marathons and played ice hockey for several years. I had a laminectomy and discectomy at L5/S1 on 3/21/12. I had a a year of pain prior to surgery. I could no longer sit down to do my job (software consulting) and was having lightning bolt pains down both legs and into the feet. My back was also sore. After 3 epidurals, 2 facet joint injections and an RF Ablation did not work, my surgeon suggested the surgery.
After surgery, my toes on my right for were numb. I tried my best to stick to the regimen of simply walking. I've had several set backs. On May 1 which would have been around week 6, I had a huge change. The pain went away to a large extent. The surgeon agreed PT would be good. I took 3 aquatic PT sessions and was given home exercises. At that point, everything went down hill. My feet started hurting again 'shooting pains and soreness' and I got ocassional hamstring shooting pains.
I've been told nerves take a long time to heal. If that is the case, I'll be patient (I'm at week 11 now). I am getting another MRI this week and don't know what to expect. If there is no re-herniation, then what do I do? I can't do any exercises besides walking because my feet hurt. Driving a car really hurts when stepping on the foot pedals. If the MRI shows re-herniation, my surgeon is saying fusion may be necessary. But does fusion do anything to correct leg/foot nerve pain?
Looking for any encouraging words. Life is passing me by and every day is painful.