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Failed Back Syndrome

I'm new to this site and have just recently seen a specialist who has diagnosed me with failed back syndrome. I am in the military and was injured in a Paratroop Excercise in 2010. After a year with intense sciatica and developing neuro deficits (led drop and parastesia in right leg), I had a discectomy L4-L5 to relieve these symptoms. I thought surgery went well because the leg symptoms disappeared. But 5 days post-op I developed intense pain 8/10 in my surgical area radiating down to my tailbone. It felt like a 6" nail had been driven down my spine. My life changed dramatically overnight. Gone were all of the active sports I played and Excercising I enjoyed. Over the past year I have had many MRI's/CT's/Bone Scan and seen countless Doctors and specialist. Spent many hrs doing physical therapy, only to be left in excruciating pain. Yesterday I saw a great spine specialist who took all of my tests in for review. He informed me I suffer from scar tissue formed around my nerves that will leave me in chronic pain for the rest of my life. I did not take this very well. The doctor informed me that there was very little that could be done, other than prescribing pain and nerve medication. There is one treatment called caudal epidural with a racz catheter, that they would be willing to perform if I'm up for it. I was wondering if anyone here could help with any advice for dealing with this type of pain or is suffering from failed back syndrome. Also if anyone has had this type of injection, could let me know if it worked for them. I am in a bad place right now and any help would be greatly appreciated.


  • I had a microdiscectomy on my L5/S1 and did good until my 6 weeks and then started a burning in my back down to my tailbone and at 7 weeks I started a stinging pain in my back and down to my tailbone. I went to doctor for 8 week checkup and he didn't know what it was and said maybe scar tissue by my nerve root. He won't do an MRI until after 12 weeks due to inflammation. I have not heard of anything for scar tissue. When I sit, the burning becomes worse and when I walk for a little bit, it starts and when I bend or squat. I am only 9 weeks post op and just started Lyrica. It takes the edge off but not much. I don't think I take this for the rest of my life. I am 36 and have 2 kids. I had disc hernation for 2 years and haven't been able to do much.
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