Hi Joined this group back in Feb when I was in FL and haveing bad back episode. Had back problems for about 10 years from herniated disc. In last few years it got worse and worse. Gave up golf 2 years ago. Long story short when I got back to Michigan I and my surgeon agreed it was time for laminectomy. Stenosis was pretty bad and lots of degeneration.
On June 26 I had Laminectomy @ L4/5 & L5/S1. Dr said surgery went fine. Well it didn't! I began having sciatica in my left leg and butt shortly after surgery. Went all the way to the outside of my left foot. At 1 month follow up OS said it was from nerve irritation and should calm down. Started PT and was doing a few exercises. PT therapist forbade any thing that involved flexion.
Worked on posture too. Saw OS again and he wanted MRI. It showed "nothing." During all this I did a Prednisone Pack,
2 epidurals and a pirifomis injection. The second epidural and pirifomis injection were done same day. I went in to Dr in real pain as I took no meds prior. I wanted to be in pain to see injection results. By the time I got to my car I was pain freel
Got real excited that he nailed it! Nope-next day it all came back.
Seeing OS next week. I am 3 months post op and really worse than I was before surgery.From what I read "Googling" the next step is fusion!! I really would like to avoid that. I am looking for any guidance or suggestions you may have. I am sure I am not the only one to have this experience. A couple weeks ago I thought I was getting better. I had been takeing 400mgs of
Neurontin since before the surgery. I decided to wean off over 3 days. Well the pain came back. Not sure is it was from stopping Neurontin. I doubt it as I had been on it for 6 months and it hadn't seemed to help but maybe it did. I do take about 3 Norcos a day and occasionally take Roboxin -muscle relaxer. I am so desperate that I just bought a Ekroness stressless chair for $2500 and have ordered a Steelcase Leap desk chair for $700. Can't really afford it but I will do anything to get rid of my back problems. I am a 70 year old guy and would like to have a few good years. I cannot really travel to see my grand kids and I have promised my wife a trip to Italy but I just cannot handle it. I also am dealing with bladder cancer at the same time. I start chemo on Monday for 6 weeks. I am a former CEO and Marine and should be able to deal with all this but it is wearing me down. I have quit smoking (slmost), quit drinking and went from 230 lbs to 168. I love to workout but really can't do much now. Sorry for rambling -guess I am getting some things off my chest. Anyway any help will really be appreciated.