Hello all, I'm new here but have some questions for those of you who have been through this. I was in 3 different car accidents in previous years, leading to a herniation at the L4-L5 level. I had a discectomy on 8/15/11 and was alright for 4-5 months. The pain started to come back, and my surgeon sent me for an MRI. Apparently I had/have scar tissue, as well as a reherniation at the same level. We tried epidural injections again, and I just finished 6 weeks of PT. Neither of those things worked, and even my therapist said there is nothing more they can do for me. (She was almost in tears because we developed a strong rapport.) I go to see my surgeon on Thursday morning, and I'm worried he will want to do another surgery. Does anyone here have any experience with surgery *after* a previous discectomy? I'm a stay-at-home-mom (living with my parents, which is somewhat helpful) and I'm nervous he'll want to do a fusion or something. I know I'm projecting a lot, but I'm in pain so often that it's hard to think about anything else...
6/2003, 1st car accident; 04/2004, 2nd car accident; 10/2005, 3rd car accident
8/15/11, L4-L5 discectomy for herniation
6/19/12, Declared FBSS