I'm sorry in advance for how long the below is but any help/guidance/advices would be greatly appreciated.
I'm hoping someone could shed some light on whats going on with me. I had my second micro disc about one month ago and I'm feeling worse than I have prior and shortly after the surgery.
A littler back story:
I had my first micro disc on my lower back about 4 years ago with perfect success. At that time I had a herniated disc and a bulging disc. The micro disc was so successful that I almost had not issues/pain after surgery.
Fast forward 4 years the bulging disc I had decided to go. I had little pain for the most part unless I did a lot of vigorous activities then I would need to take some gabapentin to calm things down and was good again until more activities such as mowing the lawn (have lots of hills).
I went back to my first micro disc surgeon and asked for advice. MRI did show herniation and after PT and medicine. I decided to ask for a second micro disc. The surgeon agreed as other treatments never worked for me in the past.
After the surgery everything seemed to be fine but I started to notice more and more pain in my legs (not shooting or radiating) just pain in my legs that alternated. At some point it would be on the left side and some on the right. I started PT on time hoping that this would help but nothing has worked. Only taking Gabapentin works for the pain. This pain is constant unlike prior to the surgery where it was only during hard activities. I read on the forums that this could be normal and my doctor and PT confirmed but should it be going from one leg to another? Doesn't that seem to mean that something in not right in there?
As the above not enough 2 days ago I woke up and could not MOVE the lower back pain was so horrible I had to call the doctor’s office which the answering service told me that I had to go to the ER. Knowing ER would just give me a whole bunch of pain Meds, I took a muscle relaxer, gabapentin and an anti-inflammatory I had and the pain finally calmed down to where I was able to go to PT the next day.
My fear is that the disc is now re-herniated as the above are the symptom I had when it was first herniated. My pain is pretty much back to what it was when it was moving from one leg to another but I feel a little more in my right leg at the same time. In other words, pain stays in the right leg slightly when the left leg is hurting.
I have a doc appt now set for later this week and hoping he could order another MRI to check what is going on. But in the meantime, has anyone had anything remotely happen to them like I have? If so, any advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated.