I had a micro discectomy/ hemi laminectomy and cyst removal in December 2011. My biggest problem was sciatica bilateral. The most pain was in my left leg from mid calf to around the ankle into the top of the foot. The pain in the ankle was the worst.
I had a 4 hour operation with removal of a cyst that had calcified around the nerve, and scar tissue that built up as a result of that, some bone spurs, spinal stenosis, and a herniated disc. The scar tissue from the cyst was thought to be the cause of the pinched nerve.
I recovered well from the surgery, and the pain has been slowly going away. The right leg pain is gone, pain down both backs of thighs is gone, so it does not appear anything is still pinched.
However, my left ankle is still in severe pain.
I have been on narcotic pain relievers since. Not from the operating Doctor, nor from a pain clinic. It will be no problem continuing them, my Doctor has no connection with my provider.
Yesterday I went to my Doctor for the routine checkup and told him about the pain continuing in my left ankle. He suggested maybe the narcotics were creating the pain in my head, and that I should get off the narcotics.
I do not believe that to be the case, although I do understand what he is saying.
My question, I think it would be most sensible to stay on the narcotics a couple more months and see if the nerve heals in the ankle. I don't believe it's just the narcotics making me believe the ankle hurts, since that was the primary source of pain before the operation. I hate to go through the withdrawal from the narcotics (Norco), just to have to get back on them.
How many of you have found when you got off narcotics you really didn't have any pain? It's not like the narcotics are completely taking away the pain, it reduces the pain to a 4 or 5, manageable.
Any opinions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!